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Moderate ride. Lovely view. Very peaceful. A bit humid. Lots of pretty birds and a beautiful sunset view.

Lovely surroundings in early fall

This trail is not ment for hiking or road bikes. The description should be changed so as to not confuse people. I love that this spot is along the river.

Maybe we went to the wrong spots, but we tried at two different areas, and both were a bust. One was very hilly, wrapped in all different directions, and took us right where we started. It seemed very easy to get lost in there. Another area was along the Fox river, but very short. Probably a great place for cycling, and very pretty views, but we don't plan to go back.

A quick jaunt through the prairie. If there were trails leading to the dramatic rocks pictured here, they were closed during my visit. I saw the buffalo pens, but they were devoid of buffalo. The effigies are unrecognizable.

walking
1 month ago

You can choose the paved trail or go off on the unmarked gravel trails that run more or less parallel through the woods. The paved trail is super easy and would be great for strollers and bikes and just taking it easy. The gravel woodsy trail is easy-moderate and was much more fun without being sketchy. I went at 2pm on a Tuesday and there was hardly anyone on it. By 4pm it started really picking up. Great maintained trail.

Have hiked this many times over the years. Always enjoyable. Especially in the winter.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice quiet hike along the river.

1 month ago

I had a wonderful time.

hiking
1 month ago

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

Nice trail to bike or walk. Most of it is gravel and flat..... very easy walk..... travels along canal so you will usual see some wildlife. Much of it is full sun.

Nice quick trail in the woods with a river over look..... very small forest preserve but nice place to get out for a little while. Canoe access on the I&M canal and shore access for fishing on the river. Some parts with steeper elevation but overall very easy hike.

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!

road biking
1 month ago

Very pretty and enjoyable trail. Great for running or biking, but can get pretty hot as there is no shade. Best in the cooler months or early morning hours.

Great bicycle patch

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.

on Old Plank Road Trail

2 months ago

I ride this trail a few times a year and enjoy it every time I do

Enjoyable open trail, few trees and little shade, well maintained trail!

Some pretty spots but not much of a hike. Very exposed and crowded on the weekend.

road biking
2 months ago

Nice bike trail. They have nice benches all along the way.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Well maintained crushed limestone trail. Not the greatest scenery but you do ride by the Midewin Prairie. I would recommend bike riding but you can also take the trail on horseback or on foot. Goes from Interstate 80 to the Kankakee River.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Well maintained trail I ride it often

walking
3 months ago

About tennis ball spiders crawling all over you and your stuff so you cannot stay still for too long. There were also millions of them.

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!

Its a great place to go Roller Blading! Trail is alway paved nicely and always clean of debris.

For this area this is not an easy trail. Moderate and if you aren't paying close attention it's somewhat easy to get lost. history of the woods is interesting. stay on the marked trails.

Nice trail, close to home.

This place is awesome. Great place to walk and hike in nature especially if you live in the surrounding areas! Great place to watch the sunset over the Kankakee River!

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.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Should not be labeled easy. Maybe for hiking. Biking is only for experienced bikers. Lots of ups and downs. Lots of Rocky/Sandy terrain with many visible roots in the middle of trail. Also pourly marked. Have fun!

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