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Matthiessen State Park, Utica

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  • I spent allot of time here in summer when I was in school. The view from my grandmothers front porch was of the fort at Matthiessen across the Vermillion river. We would hike down the hill to the rive...  more »
  • We were blessed with 60 degrees in February. We came expecting a snowing hike and got just the opposite, but it was perfect. The paths are great and natural. Amazing rock formations. A must see. We al...  more »
  • We stop by here after our hiking adventure at Starved Rock and we were blown away by the canyons. Hardly anyone was there in peak foliage season. We enjoyed this hike better than our starved cave rock...  more »
  • Worth the drive to get away for a nice hike. It's usually crowded with families on the weekend so expect full parking lots. Try to get in early as possible to avoid the afternoon crowds. Paths are marked and you'll get great views with plenty of gorgeous photos.
  • Gorgeous place! Relatively easy hikes, even with our two year old. Don't bring a stroller, you'll carry it the whole time. The lower dells area was really nice after the rain and the leaves starting to change. It was slippery and muddy though. If that's not your thing, wait until it's been dry. Lovely place.
  • Decided to visit here instead of Starved Rock for Columbus Day weekend, and I'm glad we did! Though Starved Rock is more spacious, this park is definitely for for the adventurous. Lots of cool little waterfalls and wading pools if you are so inclined to get wet and muddy. Great views, bridges, stepping stones, dams, and rock formations abound. We spent over 5 hours in the Dells area and did not have time for the River area, but we did a lot of picture-taking and the teens all had fun climbing, wading, and just being adventurous. Definitely being old shoes and a change of clothes. We look forward to coming here again to visit the other area and see it in a different season.
  • Best place in Illinois to visit. Lots of waterfalls and if the water is flowing really well after a storm, you end up walking in lots of water just to get to the waterfalls. It's a romantic place for sure.
  • My favorite place to visit in all of Illinois! Barefoot hiking through the mud after a rain was always my favorite. Recommend wearing chacos for the water if you're hiking in the dells areas. Please remember to pack out your garbage!! If you want to enjoy nature, keep it clean, so everyone can continue to enjoy it as well.