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Enjoying All Matthiessen State Park Has to Offer

Located in the tiny town of Utica, Illinois, Matthiessen State Park is a 1,700 acre park with numerous waterfalls, canyons, and unique wilderness. It is a wonderland for hikers, conservationists, families, and pets alike. While no camping exists on park grounds, there are plenty of Matthiessen State Park cabins to accommodate visitors.

Places to Stay Near to Matthiessen State Park

Villa Matthiessen State Park
Aug 10 - Aug 17
$159 per night
Villa ∙ 9 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Beautiful Villa in North Utica with Yard, Patio & Jacuzzi + Serene Views

4.5
Excellent (4 ratings)
Matthiessen State Park, Deer Park Township, Illinois, United States
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Villa Matthiessen State Park
Jun 8 - Jun 15
$134 per night
Villa ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Villa in North Utica with Patio & Yard

4.9
Outstanding (144 ratings)
Matthiessen State Park, Deer Park Township, Illinois, United States
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Villa Matthiessen State Park
Jul 27 - Aug 3
$155 per night
Villa ∙ 8 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Beautiful Villa in Oglesby with Yard & Patio

5.0
Outstanding (159 ratings)
Matthiessen State Park, Deer Park Township, Illinois, United States
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Best Hiking Trails in Matthiessen State Park

Best Hiking Trails in Matthiessen State Park

With trails meandering through marsh, prairie, canyons, and waterfalls, there is a surprise around every trail bend. While hiking, keep an eye out for native flora and fauna!

  • 1. Dells Canyon & Bluff Trail

    This trail sports two miles of hiking that run along Matthiessen Lake and Vermillion River’s tributaries. While crossing bridges, hikers will find staircases along cliff walls leading to the rushing waters of Cascade and Lake Falls, fascinating rock formations at the Devil’s Paint Box, and the tranquil canyons of Cedar Point.

  • 2. Red River Trail

    Conveniently close to Matthiessen State Park cabins, this expose of the Midwest plains boasts a two mile trail that makes for a perfect beginner expedition. There is ample parking, toilets, and plenty of places to sit and savor the surroundings. With paths that run along equestrian routes, a model plane flight field, and views of the Vermillion River, even a short hike will not disappoint.

  • 3. Dells to Vermillion River Trail

    At 6.5 miles, the park’s longest trail utilizes sections of the Bluff and Red River Trails. Spring offers beautiful wildflowers, while summer shade is provided by cedar and hickory trees. Birding is also popular here, with hundreds of species including bald eagles and red-tailed hawks. This trail is best for more experienced hikers with a love for varied landscapes.

Great Places to Stay Near Matthiessen State Park

Cabin Matthiessen State Park
Jul 20 - Jul 27
$176 per night
Cabin ∙ 9 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Cabin in Oglesby with Facilitiesfree Parking

4.7
Excellent (23 ratings)
Matthiessen State Park, Deer Park Township, Illinois, United States
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Villa Matthiessen State Park
Jul 6 - Jul 13
$129 per night
Villa ∙ 8 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Villa in North Utica with Patio & Pool

4.9
Outstanding (305 ratings)
Matthiessen State Park, Deer Park Township, Illinois, United States
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Villa Matthiessen State Park
Jul 20 - Jul 27
$162 per night
Villa ∙ 9 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Beautiful Villa in North Utica with Grill, Yard & Patio

5.0
Outstanding (235 ratings)
Matthiessen State Park, Deer Park Township, Illinois, United States
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Best Family Activities in Matthiessen State Park

Best Family Activities in Matthiessen State Park

Nothing brings a family closer than spending time outdoors. From picnicking to sports, Matthiessen State Park offers plenty of activities to foster family bonding.

  • 1. Mountain biking

    While the mountains might be small in Illinois, they still make for some thrilling rides on two wheels. Over nine miles of trails are dedicated to bicycle use, suitable for cyclers of different skill levels. They are shared with the equestrian areas, so yielding is necessary.

  • 2. Cross country skiing

    For winter-friendly families, the park offers cross-country skiing between December and March. If visitors don’t have their own gear, ski rentals are available for use. With six miles of rolling hills, skiing across the snow-covered prairies will have the whole family enjoying cold weather.

  • 3. Picnicking

    Just a short drive from Matthiessen State Park hotels, the park offers many picnicking spots. With a historically accurate log cabin fort sitting at the base of multiple trailheads and playgrounds neatly nestled among the forests, dining outdoors under the trees is a pleasant way to spend the afternoon.

Top Lodging Near Matthiessen State Park

House Matthiessen State Park
Jul 20 - Jul 27
$266 per night
House ∙ 12 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

House in North Utica with Patio

5.0
Outstanding (6 ratings)
Matthiessen State Park, Deer Park Township, Illinois, United States
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House Matthiessen State Park
Aug 10 - Aug 17
$120 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Vacation Home in North Utica

4.7
Excellent (71 ratings)
Matthiessen State Park, Deer Park Township, Illinois, United States
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Cabin Matthiessen State Park
Jul 20 - Jul 27
$169 per night
Cabin ∙ 9 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Beautiful Cabin in North Utica

4.9
Outstanding (36 ratings)
Matthiessen State Park, Deer Park Township, Illinois, United States
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