Illinois Fairytale


I recently discovered the beautiful Matthiessen State Park, a beautiful dells in northern Illinois.

Being from Wisconsin, I don’t spend a lot of time in Illinois, even though it’s not that far (who likes those tolls?), so I was glad to have the opportunity to explore the state a little bit.

I am so glad I did, because this dells is one of the most gorgeous places I’ve ever been. With all of the green colors, the waterfalls, and the colored rock walls, I felt like I had stepped right into a fairytale world.


As we walked through the park, I couldn’t believe how much there was to see! At every turn, I expected to find ourselves at the end, but it just kept going and going!


We were able to stay mostly dry, but there were a few spots where you needed to walk through the water a bit, so bring waterproof shoes if you decide to visit.




Not far from this park is Starved Rock State Park, which also boasts a beautiful dells. We ran out of time on this trip, but I think that I will make visiting a priority next spring.

2 thoughts on “Illinois Fairytale

  1. One of my favorite parks. Definitely go here again in the spring when the waterfall is active. It is amazing for something smack in the middle of Illinois. I have it posted on my site if you want to check it out.

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    1. Thank you for the advice! Everything was pretty dried up when I was there and I would love to see the waterfalls when they’re more active! Will definitely plan a trip in the spring! 🙂

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