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Matthiessen State Park, Utica

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Must see · State Park · Nature / Park
Matthiessen State Park is an Illinois state park located a few miles south of the more famous Starved Rock State Park. The main entrances to both parks are located on Illinois State Route 178.

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  • We loved the Dells part of this park - every trail was fun and interesting, and they were well-marked with maps at key points. Recommend doing this first thing in the day as there are a lot of ups...  more »
  • If you park near the fort and head down the steps go across the bridge but don’t go down the first set of steps to the right. Continue up the hill to the second bridge and steps. It’s not far. There.....  more »
  • I LOVE this place! I've been here many times over the past few years. It's beautiful in all seasons. The waterfalls are especially stunning in the spring after/as the snow melts. I adore Matthiessen and would have gotten married here had I not moved away. Genuinely one of my top three places in the whole state. πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–
  • This place is simply amazing!! Very relaxing and quiet. Be aware that the trails might be little slippery after rain. Totally worth the trip from Chicago. Highly recommend. You won't be disappointed.

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