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Matthiessen State Park, Utica

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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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  • Fantastic beautiful park. Be advised as of May 1 2022 they are working on the road to the dells and it may be closed. They also had all the stairs and walks blocked off to the upper dells. I wish... 
    Fantastic beautiful park. Be advised as of May 1 2022 they are working on the road to the dells and it may be closed. They also had all the stairs and walks blocked off to the upper dells. I wish...  more »
  • The main parking lot was full so I had to go down to the additional parking lot. Trail was beautiful, lots of ups and downs, not very long of a hike but the river was amazing 
    The main parking lot was full so I had to go down to the additional parking lot. Trail was beautiful, lots of ups and downs, not very long of a hike but the river was amazing  more »
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  • The lesser known little brother of Starved Rock has some great qualities as well. The walk along the creek bed has some really cool views. They also have an older narrow bridge that crosses high above the canyon that is pretty great.
  • The place is beautiful and it is not much crowded. Also, it remains clean and serene. My only regret is that I didn't come in winter to see how this place will look when it is under snow. It is not faraway from Chicago and is a mere 2 hours ride. If anyone loves hiking, this is the place where you want to be :)

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