Fall Foliage in Galena and Jo Daviess County

Picturesque countryside and trails overlooking the Mississippi River are just two things you’ll come to love about Fall in Galena Country. With its spectacular displays of vibrant color, this is the perfect “let’s go for a drive” destination. Plus the numerous quaint towns, farmers markets and artisan shops you encounter on the way won’t disappoint. Here we’ve compiled some of the best ways for you to catch the Fall colors in Galena Country.

Find Fall Festivals

Find Fall Festivals

Wine stomping and pumpkin decorating... these are a few of our favorite fall things. Oh and don't forget our Halloween parade - it's the largest and spookiest in the tri-state area!

Hit the Open Road

Hit the Open Road

Take a drive on Stagecoach Trail from Galena to Nora. You can even experience an authentic stagecoach ride from Silkrug Stable for a glimpse at what simpler times were like.

Soar the Skies

Soar the Skies

Painters dream about the beautiful blend of colors they see on a sunset ride in a hot air balloon. Make romantic reservations for two or a group affair for fourteen.

Saddle a Horse

Saddle a Horse

Head over to Shenandoah Riding Center for a guided trail ride through Galena Country’s spectacular wooded hills. Or bring your own horse and explore!

Ride the River

Ride the River

Kayak or canoe down the Mississippi or Galena River. Or rent a boat and go fishing along the shores – we have trout, bass, bluegill and channel catfish.

Tackle the Trails

Tackle the Trails

Ride your bike or hike the six mile track on the Galena River Trail for a scenic view of calming waters. Or head to Schurmeier Teach Forest and learn about all you see.

Walk the Vineyards

Walk the Vineyards

Surround yourself with beauty and tranquility as you walk any four of our award-winning vineyards. Tastings and tours a must!

What People Say about Fall in Galena Country

“The fall colors are breathtaking. One of the most romantic places to spend your anniversary.”
– Sheryl Sulima-Banach