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Matthiessen State Park

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Address: Box 509, Utica, IL 61373-0509
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its a really fun place to go with friends or family. it was very beautiful. i really love hiking and outdoors stuff so i really enjoyed it.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 January 2017
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

its a really fun place to go with friends or family. it was very beautiful. i really love hiking and outdoors stuff so i really enjoyed it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

We hiked in the Dells area of the park, which featured a delightful pathway running directly along the stream; crossing multiple times via stepping stones. Not for the clumsy though!

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Lees Summit, Missouri, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 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 21 November 2016

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

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

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 9 November 2016 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 8 November 2016 via mobile

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

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

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

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

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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