Matthiessen State Park

2800-2854 Highway 178
North Utica,Illinois 61373
United States


RC Crawlers are saying they are getting kicked out. Please avoid this location


This is a state park, so remember your manors.

Carry out more then you carry in. Stay on marked trails. Give way to hikers and bikers.


The park has 5 miles of well-marked, well-surfaced hiking trails for a relaxing walk or a vigorous hike. Large trail maps are located at all major trail intersections so visitors can choose a variety of routes. The upper area and bluff tops are easy hiking paths for the novice, but the trails into the interiors of the two dells may be difficult to negotiate, particularly during spring and early summer. Hikers must stay on marked trails, as steep cliffs and deep canyons can be dangerous. Hikers will marvel at the plant and animal life along the trails, and have an unparalleled view of geological wonders as they travel through the park. Alcohol is prohibited on all trails.

radio-controlled model airplane field is located at the Vermilion River Area. Hobbyists and visitors will enjoy flying or watching as these crafts are maneuvered around this open field area.


Additional Regulations

  • PLEASE NOTE! It is a state offense to remove any archaeological or Native American material from any Illinois state park.
  • No camping, rappelling, or rock or ice climbing are allowed.
  • Hike only the marked trails. Unmarked areas are dangerous. Numerous people have been seriously injured or killed in this park. Be off the trails by dark.
  • All pets must be on a leash.
  • In case of an accident, notify the Park Business Office, 815-667-4868, or Starved Rock Park Office, 667-4726. After 4 p.m., notify the State Police, 815-224-1150.