Hike the Upper Dells of Matthiessen State Park

Dells Canyon and Bluff Trail - Search Nearby - Added by Brandyn Murray

The upper dells of Matthiessen State park is an absolute treat for all ages and skill levels. Loop trail with stepping stones and perfectly placed stairs.

From the start of the parking lot you will cross a picnic area to your left where you can have a bite to eat before or after your hike. The trailhead starts off with a couple flights of stair leading you down to the bridge. After taking in the spectacular views at the top of the waterfall you will cross the bridge and turn right to go down, taking the stairs to the upper dells. Depending on when you decide to visit the water levels vary. During the summer months the water level is fairly low because the heat. After a couple days of rain would be best time to visit. This trail is a 2.2 mile loop and can be enjoyed with your family a friends.

Distance

2.2 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

627 ft Gain

Type

Loop

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Forest
Picnic Area
Waterfall
Wildlife

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LaSalle / Peru KOA

North Utica, Illinois

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Hidden gem

Most people do not know about this place because it is right across the road from Starved Rock. If you are planning on hiking starved rock, take a little time out of the day to explore Matthiessen. It is worth the time, TRUST ME!. It is a very short hike but is very cool. Fortunately, I visited when there were and handful amount of people at the waterfall.

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