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“Winter hiking” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Matthiessen State Park

Matthiessen State Park
Box 509, Utica, IL 61373
815-667-4868
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Ranked #1 of 13 Attractions in Utica
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
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Montgomery, Illinois
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49 reviews 49 reviews
31 attraction reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“Winter hiking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

Wish Illinois had more rain this year so the waterfalls would be moving more, so when we had some rain I had to get out here and see if there were any frozen waterfalls. Just some very small ones but it sure was nice and quite out there, and liked the ice crunching under your feet when you thought it was just leaves. Matthissen is a great place to go hiking no matter what the weather is.

Visited December 2012
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Rockford, Illinois
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“A decent hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

This hike is not for wimps. and if you take the kids they will sleep good that night. Take the stairs down into the canyon to see the most beautiful site! Especially inviting after a good rain! Prepare to get dirty shoes!

Visited July 2012
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Yorkville, Illinois
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“Awesome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

Love this place. Gorgeous canyons, beautiful views, awesome waterfalls.... I love it here. Just hope they keep it free for IL residents ... THAT'S WHAT I PAY TAXES FOR. Charge out of state visitors... Give us our state parks!!!!!

Visited November 2012
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Fort Calhoun, Nebraska
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“Awesome Canyon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

We added a side trip on to see matthiesson when we went to starved rock and it is an awesome place to check out. The hike on the canyon rim and down into the canyon are great. It was lees crowded than starved rock - smaller too, but well worth setting aside a couple of hours to see when you in the area.

Visited April 2012
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Streator, Illinois
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“I got engaged here!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

I love this park for obvious reasons, but besides my engagement on the concrete bridge, the park isn't very busy and the scenery is beautiful. This summer was so dry that there weren't any waterfalls, but it opened up some areas to hike on that normally couldn't be traveled. It would really be lovely if people wouldn't litter while they hiked, but next time I'll bring a bag to clean it up. Some areas do seem very neglected, but I enjoy a path less traveled.

Visited September 2012
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