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A great state park

Beat the crowds skip starved rock and head to Matthiessen. Great hiking well marked trails lots of... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Great hike

Trails were fairly easy and great scenery! Trails were marked well. Lots of great photo ops too... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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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

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

Thank K F
Reviewed 3 days ago 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.

Thank aadbuttercup
Reviewed 3 days ago

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.

Thank Debbie_Cliff
Reviewed 5 days ago

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

Thank Amy B
Reviewed 1 week ago 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!!!

Thank RogandNette
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

visited MSP on a weekday and the trails are quiet and the canyon view is magnificent from below (mostly dried creek bed). some mosquitoe troubles so bring deet along. washroom is only @ main parking lot; no visitor center and no park rangers in sight....More

1  Thank JoeBlackOld
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was very serene and peaceful surroundings it would have been perfect if the leaves had changed and the falls were not dried up. The trails clean and clear but it is ALOT of steps and if you go down you have to come back...More

1  Thank Marge L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent the day hiking with four of my grandkids and their parents. Beautiful way to spend the day. While the streams were very low and the waterfalls were just a trickle due to limited rains, the setting was peaceful and full of beauty. Hardly anyone...More

1  Thank JeanRing5
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Matthiessen Park dells area canyon is always a great trip. Once you tackle the long staircase there are several trails both above and inside below canyon walls. Check out a few caves , waterfall amazing rock formations .

Thank Jeff S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We wanted to check out the trails and waterfalls. No water in the waterfalls in September, though it's been pretty rainy. The trail could use some upkeep, and refreshing. (Downed trees over waking areas), You can see where stairs or railings use to be. Be...More

Thank Travel4Fun31
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Margaret F
25 July 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
23 May 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
7 March 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