Matthiessen State Park … and then Starved Rock State Park! – October 26, 2017

Totally forgot about this walk – at Matthiessen State Park in LaSalle County northwest of Chicago, early fall. We just wanted to see some water falls after a significant rain in the area. The Cascade Falls in the Lower Dells didn’t disappoint. It was quite pretty, with ample amount of water. It was a fairly good hike too reaching the falls and the swimming hole – amid lush vegetation (too bad the fall colors hadn’t arrived yet) in the canyon, along streams, of the prairie and the forest. There were also other minor falls along rock faces that were painted by oozing minerals.

Frequent photo buddy Mark Marshall and I were there quite early in the morning so we had the place to ourselves, except for another photographer who came a few minutes after us. After about an hour and a half hike around the area, we decided to have lunch at Starved Rock State Park, a few miles north. Starved Rock is the more popular park in LaSalle County and has amenities for outdoor dining in a restaurant overlooking the Illinois River gorge.

And a turkey vulture flew over while we were having lunch!

The main falls at Starved Rock didn’t have much water though.

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