September 27, 2021

Road Trip Spotlight: Matthiessen State Park

Matthiessen State Park© Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Matthiessen State Park
© Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Illinois is a beautiful place to explore in the fall, with the changing leaves adding more color to nature spots. If you’re itching for the adventure and relaxation that comes from traveling with your loved ones but don’t want to stray too far from home, visit Matthiessen State Park.

Matthiessen State Park is a gorgeous area tucked away in LaSalle County, about four miles away from Utica. The park is known for its breathtaking foliage, awe-inspiring geological formations, and plentiful wildlife.

If you travel to Matthiessen State Park this fall, you can enjoy the lovely trees, go horseback riding, drive a mountain bike, indulge in archery, or walk along one of the park’s several hiking trails. The park has a total of 5 miles of hiking paths, 6 miles of cross-country ski trails, and 9 miles of trails for both horseback riding and mountain biking.

If one day of exploring the park isn’t enough, Matthiessen State Park has a campground specifically for horseback riders with very reasonable nightly rates. A number of picnic sites and playgrounds are also available to round out your visit.

Need a tune-up or other service before your road trip to Matthiessen State Park? Schedule an appointment today at the Graue Inc. service department in Lincoln, Illinois.

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