Matthiessen State Park


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Matthiessen State Park


Location:Central LaSalle County, 4 miles south of Utica and 3 miles east of Oglesby.
Facilities:Equestrian campground, picnic areas, playground, restrooms, marked hiking trails (5 miles), horseback riding trails (9 miles), cross-country ski trails (6 miles), horse rentals, ski rental (Dec-Mar), historic site, field archery range, radio-controlled model airplane field.
Activities:Hiking (on marked trails only; unmarked areas are dangerous), horseback riding, camping (equestrian only), wildlife viewing, hunting, cross-country skiing.
Special Features:Bluffs composed of 425-million-year-old sandstone, canyons formed by water erosion, and Cascade Falls are among the park's striking natural features. An added attraction is a restored fort and stockade buildings representative of the type of forts built by the French in the midwest during the 1600s and early 1700s.
Address:PO Box 509
Utica, IL 61373

Phone:815-667-4868
Web: dnr.state.il.us/Lands/Landmgt/PARKS/R1/mttindex.htm
Size: 1,938 acres.

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