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Matthiessen State Park

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

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nice two hour medium to difficult hike

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

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
chicago burbs
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Lees Summit, Missouri, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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

Thank 620waww
Chicago, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

No as many people as at nearby Starved Rock park, nice waterfall, and views all over the place! Fall colors and pleasant paths throughout the valley made a perfect trip for our family with 2 kids.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I visited the last weekend of October. We had originally wanted to see Starved Rock, but many people told us that the waterfalls weren't flowing that weekend. We tried our luck at Matthiessen, and the waterfalls were aplenty! Gushing even! We got soaked traversing the lower trails, but it was worth every second! Absolutely beautiful scenery and... More 

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Fishers, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ended up here after finding Starved Rock to be overrun with humans. This place was packed but were able to find parking in the main lot. Bathrooms were clean and located right at the parking lot. Trails were well marked, but know that what does down must go up. There are lots of stairs :)

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Lockport, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We saw beautiful colors wonderful walkways excellent views you can find Eagles and Wildlife you can visit the museum or the lodge

Thank bredgirl
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great hike through the dells. Have been here in the winter as well w some great Xc Sking when enough snow.

Thank Tyler G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

After the better part of a day hiking Starved Rock, we decided to try something a little different and head to Mattheissen State Park for a late afternoon hike. Fortunately, I think we were late enough that some people were leaving because the parking lot was pretty small and the overflow lot was the kind of hike you didn't come... More 

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Munster, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

I highly recommend Matthiessen if you are looking for beautiful, peaceful hiking! Matthiessen State Park is a great place to hike! My husband and I were on our way to Starved Rock, but it was at capacity so we stopped at one of the smaller local visitor centers where we were presented with several other near by options and we... More 

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Wheeling, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

After two (2) days of hiking at Starved Rock, we went to this state park for a change. It's approximately 10 - 15 minutes away from Starved Rock so if the crowd at Starved Rock is too much for you, get in the car and head on over. The paths are more "natural" than those at Starved Rock so good... More 

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