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Very nice, wooded path with views of the river. A little hilly and not very long but very enjoyable!

Didn’t get very far because there was a river to cross and we didn’t have boots or waterproof shoes to take that on. Otherwise started out very nice.

Down in the canyon was amazing

A lot of fun, especially good for dogs to hike along with owners. Fall colors beginning to show.

awesome trails !

walking
1 month ago

We didn’t do this full trail as we just wanted to see the part of the river it landed you at which you can see by parking at the parking walk and walking left (away from highway) along the river. It is a beautiful part of the river and different than what you see on the river trail. There are more people in this area but only about 5 groups total so still not bad. Bring your water shoes as well!

hiking
1 month ago

There was one tree on this trail that was gorgeous that made it worthwhile. Otherwise nothing to write home about. Didn’t find “tower rock” at the end. May have been right before. We would not do this trail again if we return. Those closer to the river are better, but if you like wooded walks the. You would like this. You do get a peek at the river occasionally.

Amazing views once you get to the top! There were wild flowers along the trail while we were there!

2 months ago

I had a wonderful time.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. I suggest going down into the canyon while looping. Adds stairs but you can see some great cliffs and waterfalls!

The perfect escape from the city! It was 90° today but we could take refuge in the abundant shade and water so it worked well! I recommend coming out on a weekday to avoid the traffic. We will be back for sure!

The water crossings make it fun. Make sure to hike the Sleepy Hollow Trail while here.

Off the beaten path but a nice change for those used to the relatively flat trails of Illinois'. Trail is not kept up very well and had tall vegetative growth when we hiked it. Very cool Tunnel entrance at the end and other abandoned railroad remnants can be found along the way.

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Mattheisen State Park is less well-known than it’s nearby counterpart, Starved Rock, so there is usually less of a crowd. While the trails are not as well marked, the Lake Falls Dam Waterfall is breathtaking and can be seen from the bridge at the top and down below at the base. This is one of my favorite areas to hike. Definitely a must see if you are in the area.

Arrive early (by 10am?) on weekends so you can park at the main parking lot. We had to park in the overflow area and it was an extra mile hike across a sunny field to get to the Dells area.

The Dells were beautiful!

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail for hiking. Clearly marked paths. It’s a great work out.

This park is amazing with caves you can walk through and waterfalls galore! We did seem to go on a trail that led to a equestrian trail and not the loop, but there are signs that say which way to stay on the hiking trail loop. Overall great experience, even though it absolutely down poured during our visit.

Great alternative to Starved Rock! While still getting a decent amount of hikers, Matthiessen is just as spectacular as nearby Starved Rock and much less crowded and noisy. Although there’s many waterfalls, my personal favorite is Lake Matthiessen’s Dam Waterfall. It has one large waterfall you can climb and then a lower waterfall with a nice pool where you can swim and picnic.

rock climbing
6 months ago

This walk/hike was really nice. Once you get down to the bottom of the stairs, instead of going to the right as the trail presumes, go immediately to your left, not around the curve, but through the water. Follow that shortly and you will find two waterfalls that you can climb and a tunnel you can walk through. This part of the hike was the best for us.

This is a nice hike with an initial side trip to a small waterfall. The waterfall is close to to the entrance, so it was crowded. The hike is much nicer when you make it to the river.

hiking
7 months ago

two thumbs up

It was an amazing last min. trip idea for spring break. Very muddy today but totally worth it and my 10yr old son and mom had a blast.

Nice trail. Ford's were flooded so were unable to hike some parts. Very clean and beautiful. not very crowed thus time if year. Favorite so far in this area. had lunch at lodge. Food was good. service so so. we would return. We did encounter a group with 6 off leash dogs.

hiking
8 months ago

Fun hike, can be challenging to stay dry in the dells if your worried about staying dry.... I try to avoid it on the weekends as it can get packed full of people in the summer. Winter time is nice just don't forget your snow/ice cleats. One of the few good hiking spots within 60 miles of the metro area.

hiking
10 months ago

Lovely in December with frozen waterfalls!

hiking
11 months ago

A fun place for a day of hiking within two hours of Chicago suburbs. The series of trails provide some up and downs and beautiful creek views (particularly Sleepy Hollow trail which includes several water crossings) and a protected Eastern White Pine forest (Grey Squirrel and Red Squirrel trails). Reward yourself after your day of hiking with a meal in the historic (built by the CCC in the 1930s) lodge restaurant.

love it!

Absolutely beautiful

11 months ago

Nice fairly easy loop through the timber.

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