Every October the trees in Matthiessen State Park turn a brilliant array of colors. From deep shades of red and orange to golden hues of yellow and copper, the Midwest foliage in this beautiful park is some of the best in all of Illinois. Acres of forests and native plants transform into one of the greatest shows in nature just around the corner from our family-friendly resort. Not only is this state park only three minutes away but admission is always free. An excursion to Matthiessen State Park is a must for any fan of foliage.
Plan a hike along the well-marked, five-mile trail to see the changing leaves up close. Passing by stunning waterfalls and impressive rock formations, the hike also offers lovely vantage points to observe the colorful leaves. You can also go horseback riding or mountain biking to view the foliage. Or pack a picnic and spend the whole day with your family enjoying the scenic foliage. Check the Matthiessen State Park website for interpretive programs this fall and learn more about what you can do during a visit in the month of October.
Whether you want to wake up early for a morning stroll along the trail or wait until a crisp afternoon to explore the canyons and prairies, staying at our resort around the corner from the park is an easy way to experience the foliage. Have your camera ready so you can capture that perfect fall memory to take home with you!