Area State Parks

With two state parks, Oglesby has some of the best recreational activities in the state. Experience year-round natural beauty at Starved Rock and Matthiessen parks.  At Starved Rock State Park experience thirteen miles of trails to the eighteen canyons, numerous waterfalls, and spectacular Illinois River bluff overlooks. Matthiessen Park is located on the Vermilion River and contains five miles of trails to several canyons and waterfalls.

Starved Rock State Park

2668 East 873 Road
Oglesby, IL 61348

Starved Rock State Park on the Illinois River bluff in La Salle County is one of Illinois’ most beautiful destinations. Located approximately 5 miles north east of Oglesby. The park’s 18 canyons feature vertical walls of moss-covered stone formed by glacial meltwater that slice dramatically through tree-covered sandstone bluffs. More than 13 miles of trails allow access to seasonal waterfalls and icefalls, fed season runoff or natural springs, sandstone overhangs, and spectacular overlooks. Lush vegetation supports abundant wildlife, while oak, cedar and pine grow on drier, sandy bluff tops. Located along the Illinois River, recreational opportunities abound, from hiking to camping to fishing, boating and hunting. Please note that waterfalls and icefalls are dependent upon precipitation.

Matthiessen State Park

2500 Illinois Route 178
Oglesby, IL 61348

Canyons, streams, prairie and forest combine to delight visitors at Matthiessen State Park. Located in central LaSalle County, approximately 3 miles east of Oglesby, Matthiessen is a paradise for those interested in geology as well as recreation. Visitors can expect to see beautiful rock formations in addition to unusual and abundant vegetation and wildlife. Miles of groomed trails, bike trails, horse trails, cross county skiing, and more. All of this, along with park and picnic facilities, make Matthiessen State Park a popular choice for a special outing.

Buffalo Rock State Park

1300 North 27th Road
Ottawa IL 61350

Buffalo Rock State Park is located on a bluff which once was an island in the Illinois River. Now standing majestically on the north bank, from high atop the bluff, a system of trails and scenic overlooks provides view of an area rich in history. Located approximately 10 miles northwest of Oglesby in LaSalle County, this 298-acre park has long been a favorite picnic area, as well as a nature lovers’ delight. Two American bison call Buffalo Rock home. These magnificent native mammals can be seen, up close, daily.

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