Starved Rock State Park is not the only natural scenic area near our hotel! Discover a recreational wonderland at Matthiessen State Park. Located just a five-minute drive from our family resort in Utica, this park is a great place to spend a summer day.
Enjoy the breakfast buffet at our resort, then change into your outdoor gear for a fun day in the great outdoors. Hike through a mile-long canyon at Matthiessen State Park with interesting and colorful rock formations. Along the way, you'll see a 45-foot waterfall, mineral springs, and a salt lick. The canyon stays cool in the summer with an abundance of moss and plant life.
You can enjoy endless hours of fun during summertime at this popular state park. Take a hike through stunning prairies and forests and stroll past flowing streams and scenic canyons. Whether you are looking for an easy walk or a vigorous hike, Matthiessen State Park is an ideal recreation spot for all ages. Stop for lunch at the picnic area next to a restored fort from the 1600 and 1700s. There is also a playground area for your kids and water fountains to refill your water bottles. Just remember to always stay on the trails and keep your pets on a leash. Other activities during the summer include mountain biking, fishing, and horseback riding. There's also an archery range and remote-control airfield for model planes. Discover all of the recreational opportunities on the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website.