Fall is a beautiful time of year to visit Matthiessen State Park. From the colorful foliage along the hiking trails to the dramatic canyons that run through the landscape, this Northern Illinois park is a joy to explore during autumn. To enjoy the best things to do in Matthiessen State Park reserve a suite, villa, or cabin at our resort with an indoor water park. Our family resort in Illinois is located just around the corner and features comfortable accommodations with full kitchens and Wi-Fi. Find out more about the hotel amenities at Grizzly Jack's.
Matthiessen State Park boasts more than five miles of trails for walking and hiking. The steep cliffs and rugged canyons create wonderful photo opportunities around every corner. During October and November, you can capture the magic of fall with beautiful foliage. If you like to go mountain biking or horseback riding, there are nine miles of trails to explore. When the snow starts falling, you can hit the trails for cross-country skiing. There's also an archery range, picnic area for families, and even an airplane field for model planes!
If you've already spent a lot of time exploring Matthiessen State Park, there are plenty of other fun activities near Grizzly Jack's. Just a two-minute drive away is Starved Rock, another popular state park that attracts outdoor enthusiasts. If you love riding zip lines, Zip Chicago offers the longest and highest tour in Illinois! You can drive to this exciting attraction in about 25 minutes from our resort.