Canyons, streams, prairie and forest combine to delight visitors at Matthiessen State Park. Located in central LaSalle County, approximately four miles south of Utica and three miles east of Oglesby, Matthiessen is a paradise for those interested in geology as well as recreation. Visitors can expect to see beautiful rock formations in addition to unusual and abundant vegetation and wildlife. All of this, along with park and picnic facilities, make Matthiessen State Park a popular choice for a special outing.

We did some trails at Starved Rock and heard we had to check out Mathiessen as well. So glad we did! It was me, my wife, our 10 year old and our two boxers. We spent nearly all of our time on the interior canyon trail, which was technically closed, presumably due to a broken staircase leading down to the trail. Our risk definitely came with reward. We saw three different waterfalls along the trail and they were all gorgeous. We were there in mid-June (2017), on a weekday. We only encountered two other visitors while on the trail. I'm guessing. This was partly due to visiting during the week, but most likely because the trail was marked as "closed", and most people didn't attempt it. The water was not particularly high, so we didn't have to get our feet too wet. There was some mud to deal with, but nothing crazy. The hike was easily maneuvered by my crew, so I wouldn't consider it a difficult trail by any stretch.

What a beautiful place destroyed by lazy, selfish people. Garbage everywhere! Several parts of the trail were wiped out by flooding or in disrepair. I'll never be back.

Muddy trail but worth the view of falls. Kids loved the overall experience.

Awesome hike. A bit muddy in places, but not bad for the adventurous. Wear old shoes.

Loved it. The river was very high so that made it hard to go across the stones, but it was great.

My parents, son, aunt, and I absolutely love this place! Visited 3 times just last summer and will be back very soon! Gorgeous place!

Love it! Be prepared to get muddy and wet!