Hike the Upper Dells of Matthiessen State Park

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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.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Camera
  • Snacks
  • Backpack
  • Extra Socks
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Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



2.2 Miles

Elev. Gain:

627 Feet


Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Picnic Area

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Added by Brandyn Murray

I'm a photographer born and raised in the Cayman Islands, in the Caribbean. Living in Thomasville Georgia where I am attending Thomas University finish my bachelors degree in Social Media Marketing.

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