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Matthiessen State Park

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Address: Box 509, Utica, IL 61373-0509
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+1 815-667-4868

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Wonderful in early March

The canyons were wide open and scenic without all the leaves for our first visit here. We hiked all of the available trails and enjoyed the many changes in elevation that gave us... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Brian S
Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The canyons were wide open and scenic without all the leaves for our first visit here. We hiked all of the available trails and enjoyed the many changes in elevation that gave us a good workout. The waterfall was marvelous and accessible without much mud or debris to deal with. Some say it is nicer than Starved Rock but I... More 

1 Thank Brian S
McHenry, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When traveling to this area most people go to Starved Rock State Park - great place, but often crowded. A friend took me to Matthiessen State Park which is very close by, and it was beautiful, peaceful and quiet. The folks we met there were there for an uncrowded hike in a spot that rivaled the other park in scenery.... More 

1 Thank Valedia
Peru, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 river and wade or swim across depending on how much rain their was that year. The cannons at Matthessen are visually more... More 

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Coldwater, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 also went to Starved Rock. Our experience was great at both, but this was much less busy and more natural that the paths we... More 

Thank Dalyn C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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 hike. The tree roots in the canyon were amazing.

Thank Renee W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When you drive through almost universally flat central Illinois, you do not expect to find canyons and waterfalls. But Matthiessen State Park has both and more. This park is not as well known as its nearby neighbor Starved Rock, but the hiking here is, in our opinion, much better. My wife and some of our adult children have also been... More 

2 Thank Stephen R
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

its a really fun place to go with friends or family. it was very beautiful. i really love hiking and outdoors stuff so i really enjoyed it.

Thank 1314jessical
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

We hiked in the Dells area of the park, which featured a delightful pathway running directly along the stream; crossing multiple times via stepping stones. Not for the clumsy though!

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Lees Summit, Missouri, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

We tried visiting. Checked the website which said it was open. Called the information phone number where a recording said it was open. Drove out of the way to visit this park specifically (40 min extra just for this) only to initially find that the main entrance road was closed for repair. Thought it was odd that this wasn't mentioned... More 

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chicago burbs
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

lots of stairs, not crowded, waterfall, canyon, might get wet depending on trail, good for single hikers or small groups. best to bring your own refreshments

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