Reviewed by James Tracy on June 15, 2014
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NOTE: There are 2 different trails/areas! The Dells (5 stars) and the riverfront(3 stars).
Why the difference in stars? The dells take you through canyons, rock formations, a lake, and a forest. The riverfront features a typically dried up river, and just a forest. The dells area is one of the coolest hikes in the state of IL. There are a couple of small caves, plenty of waterfalls to see, and small canyons to walk through. It's a must see, and is actually a better hike than the nearby starved rock.
The riverfront isn't bad, it's just plain and normal. The hike is fairly easy, through a full forest. There isn't anything wrong with that, and it's a decent hike for starters. I just have issues with it because I'm beyond a quick walk through the woods. It's worth checking out once, but if you make the drive to matthiessen, and only get to pick one spot, the dells are far better.
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