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.