Top Adventures in Oglesby

  • Hike the Dells Canyon and Bluff Trail

    The trail is commonly used for hiking, nature trips, and birding. Matthiessen State Park features unique vegetation, rock formations, and waterfall arrangements. 

    2.2 miles 380 ft gain

  • Hike the Matthiessen State Park Loop

    With 5 miles of trails, which alternate between cliffs, canyons, and bluffs, Matthiessen State Park has plenty to offer. This particular trail also includes three waterfalls, along the way. From the Dells Area parking lot, head down the steps next...

    5.8 miles

  • Hike the Lower Dells at Matthiessen State Park

    Starting off right from the parking lot at Matthiessen State Park, follow the trail markers through the forest, across beautiful bridges, and find your way to one of the many stunning waterfalls. Depending on when you go, the water level will vary...

    3.5 miles 250 ft gain

  • Hike the Upper Dells of Matthiessen State Park

    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 spe...

    2.2 miles 627 ft gain

  • Hike the Red River Trail

    The Red River Trail is open for use year round. The trail winds through beautiful canyons, streams, prairies, and forests in Matthiessen State Park. 

    2.3 miles 285 ft gain

  • Hike, Run, or Bike the I&M Canal Trail

    Park off of Joliet St. (see map) to access the trail. This trail is paved, shared by runners, hikers, and bikers, and is accessible from April to October. 

    9.7 miles 409 ft gain

  • Hike to St. Louis Canyon at Starved Rock State Park

    Starved Rock has some very interesting rock formations you can explore.  The valley was formed by a series of floods as glacial melt waters broke through moraines, sending torrents of flood water surging across the land that eventually eroded the ...

    3 miles

  • Hike Ottawa Canyon at Starved Rock State Park

    This canyon is not as popular as some of the others in this park but it is my favorite by far. You can either hike the full 3.9 miles from the visitor center or you can jump in your car and head over to one of the parking lots on the east side fo...

    3.9 miles

  • Hike Lover's Leap Overlook Trail

    Starved Rock State Park is just outside of Oglesby, Illinois. The park features sandstone bluffs and the Illinois River runs through the park. Dogs are allowed on trail if kept on leash. The trail is open year-round for a variety of activities. T...

    1.8 miles 285 ft gain

  • Hike the French Canyon Trail

    Starved Rock State Park features great opportunities to see eagles and other birds. The trail is open year round for a variety of activities (fishing, camping, hiking, canoeing). Dogs are allowed on the trail if kept on leash. 

    2.6 miles 410 ft gain

  • Hike Starved Rock and Sandstone Point Overlook Trail

    The trail is paved with lots of steps, so it is accessible for a variety of skill levels. This trail is great for hiking, and the park features spots for picnicking, fishing, boating, horseback riding, and camping.  This trail is just outside of O...

    4.4 miles 567 ft gain

  • Hike to Starved Rock's La Salle Canyon

    This out-and-back trail is one of the parks longest trails. Starting from the visitors center it is 2.2 mile hike one way and 4.4 miles if you go out and back. The trail is very much worth the long trek. You enjoy the views and fresh air of the Il...

    4.4 miles 370 ft gain

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