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ust to the South-West of Starved Rock, you’ll find Matthiessen State Park. This picturesque stretch of nature takes you from wild flower lined prairie trails to the depths of Ice Age era dells, complete with rushing waterfalls and mossy canyon walls. Matthiessen feels untouched by time, it’s mile-long canyons carved out by centuries of erosion, exposing some fascinating otherworldly geology. Founded in the tail end of the 19th century by LaSalle zinc tycoon Frederick William Matthiessen as a private retreat, it was originally known as Deer Park, earning this name thanks in no small part to its enormous deer population. Even after it’s name change, Matthiessen still remains one of your best chances at spotting some wildlife on your trip to LaSalle County.

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Matthiessen’s trail system includes options for both novice and experienced hikers, allowing all park patrons to enjoy views of the grand Cascade Falls and the jaw dropping Giants Bathtub. The trails above the bluffs are graded, relaxed enough for any novice hiker or family. You’ll likely see more than just fellow hikers on these trails, Matthiessen also features some of the best horseback riding paths in the Starved Rock area.

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