Get excited about the longer days and warmer weather and start planning your spring getaway near Matthiessen State Park. Located southeast of Chicago in the northern part of Illinois, this park is adjacent to Starved Rock State Park, making it easy to visit both. This small park is settled around a stream that flows from Matthiessen Lake to Vermilion River, connected to Cascade Falls, a beautiful waterfall. Minerals in the water make it an interesting color. Visitors can explore the park on foot, mountain bike, or horseback. Look for wildlife like frogs, toads, and salamanders on the canyon floor, as well as many species of mosses, liverworts, and ferns. To make your spring getaway the most comfortable, search for amenities like a swimming pool, extra beds, and Wi-Fi.