A Visit To This State Park Will Make You Feel Like You’ve Uncovered Illinois’ Best Kept Secret

Everyone flocks to Starved Rock State Park, and with good reason. The park is gorgeous. But people make the trip all the way down to this area, and most of them have no idea that there is a fantastic state park just a couple of miles down the street. In fact, most people never get to the smaller, less visited Matthiessen State Park. For the people who have visited, however, Matthiessen is the favorite. It has the canyons and waterfalls that Starved Rock has, and a visit here will make you feel like you surely are not in Illinois. By the way, it is absolutely stunning in the fall. GO RIGHT NOW.

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Matthiessen State Park is truly one of those often-overlooked gems that you need to see before you die. Learn more about the park here.

Want to check out some other great Illinois state parks? Use this list as a guide.