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One of our favorite places!

Love this place, there is so much to do, a ton of different trails, it’s never been too crowded and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Geneseo, Illinois
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Afternoon walk

Nice quiet walk in the park. Nice views and walk through the woods. Nearly 50 degrees in December... read more

Reviewed December 15, 2018
DeKalb, Illinois
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“starved rock”(202 reviews)
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2500 Illinois Route 178, Oglesby, IL 61348, Utica, IL 61373-0509
+1 815-667-4868
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Love this place, there is so much to do, a ton of different trails, it’s never been too crowded and it’s close to other establishments!

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 15, 2018 via mobile

Nice quiet walk in the park. Nice views and walk through the woods. Nearly 50 degrees in December was nice

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank UNDERDAWG411
Reviewed November 4, 2018

This canyon is smaller than Starved Rock but so much quieter. You could spend hours here alone. It is just beautiful. There are bathrooms at the beginning near the parking lot. I really preferred this park over Starved Rock because it was not packed with...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank foursquares
Reviewed October 31, 2018

Our family was staying at Starved Rock State Park and made a fora to Matthiessen State Park. The river that runs through it, was dry by and large, but all walked down the river banks to the end. I had stayed above due to a...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Jeffrey E
Reviewed October 30, 2018

It is worth a trip if you are in the Starved Rock area especially during Fall season. Trails at the Dells is much better than the River area. Higher stairs than Starved Rock and has great picnic areas.

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Hotellds
Reviewed October 15, 2018 via mobile

Beat the crowds skip starved rock and head to Matthiessen. Great hiking well marked trails lots of great views and lots and lots of stairs

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank 2kf
Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

Trails were fairly easy and great scenery! Trails were marked well. Lots of great photo ops too. Restrooms were clean and they had vending machines. Had a nice picnic area also.

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank aadbuttercup
Reviewed October 14, 2018

Great scenery but to see the canyons, be prepared for lots of stairs. A walking stick would be helpful navigating rocks to get closer to the waterfalls.

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Debbie_Cliff
Reviewed October 12, 2018

My husband and I loved exploring here. Lots of canyons and a couple of small waterfalls. My husband loved the "off trail" hiking. (traversing rocks and stepping stones, walking against canyon walls, etc.) I was even able to do some of it! Lots of hiking...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Amy B
Reviewed October 5, 2018 via mobile

After all of the hype about Starved Rock (which it deserves), this was truly a hidden gem. Lots of stairs but worth every step!! Don't skip this park!!!

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank RogandNette
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Margaret F
July 24, 2018|
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Response from photoguywisconsin | Reviewed this property |
There's really no swimming at either park. This is really a good thing because the water quality at both parks is rather poor. At starved Rock only crazy people with a death wish would try Swimming in the Illinois river. At... More
Jerry C
May 22, 2018|
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Response from photoguywisconsin | Reviewed this property |
I don't think you'll have an issue. My best advice would be to call them 815-667-4211. Lots of things that go in these parks really don't make sense. Again I would call them. This is number for both parks. Good Luck
March 6, 2018|
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Response from nursesrock43 | Reviewed this property |
The State Park is a marked path hiking park. The Upper & Lower Dells are nice to view. The kids will need to be careful cause some of the pathways are narrow and very high on top of some canyons. Will need water proof... More