Parks & Trails
Explore the many parks and trails throughout Galena and Jo Daviess County, Illinois. Rent or bring your own bicycle for a breathtaking ride on the challenging hills. Discover the unglaciated hills by taking a hike on one of the area’s many trails.
815-858-9100 – 102 Jefferson St., Galena, IL 61036
Hike or bike into Buehler Preserve from Galena and experience the prairie life! Pets welcome. Fishing is allowed.
815-858-9100 – 870 S. Pilot Knob Rd., Galena, IL 61036
Hiking, bird watching, sightseeing, Native American archaeology and much more on 85 acres of scenic Mississippi River bluffs.
815-777-1050 – 9300 Powder House Hill Rd., Galena, IL 61036
Scenic views and hiking trails overlooking Galena’s breathtaking skyscape. Natural prairie restoration. Wheelchair accessible restroom; hard surface and mown trails.
815-777-1050 – 1801 Field Street, Galena, IL 61036
The 8.5 acre Recreation Park features the Alice T Virtue Water Park, a skateboard/BMX bike park, softballs fields, 7 pavilions, playgrounds, basketball & sand volleyball courts, horse shoe pits, shuffleboard, croquet field, and restrooms.
815-777-1050 – 91 Bouthillier St., Galena, IL 61036
Scenic biking and hiking along a six-mile trail featuring views of the Galena River and towering bluffs.
815-745-3302 – S. Whitton Rd., Hanover, IL 61041
Hike 450 natural acres, home of nine Illinois endangered or threatened plants and animals. The Prairie State’s 150th nature preserve.
815-858-9100 – 1679 N. Blackjack Rd., Galena, IL 61036
Explore, hike, bird-watch, picnic and learn about local geology while enjoying the view from atop the mound.
815-745-3302 – 4573 S. Blackjack Rd., Hanover, IL 61041
1,100 acres for public hunting/nature viewing. Beginning of a transcontinental bluebird trail segment. Sign in/out at lots #1 or #4.
815-858-9100 – 1683 N. Cross Rd., Galena, IL 61036
Currently closed to the public. Explore the past along Keough’s hiking trails. Discover its mining and Native American history.
877-464-2536 – 2918 US Hwy 20 West, Elizabeth, IL 61028
This scenic overlook includes picnic tables, shelters and restrooms. Perfect place for taking photos of Jo Daviess County’s rolling countryside.
815-745-3302 – 11039 S. Airhart Rd., Hanover, IL 61041
280 acres for public hunting, hiking, nature viewing. Area has native hilltop prairies and views of the Mississippi River.
815-858-9100 – 147 E. Reusch Rd., Elizabeth, IL 61028
Two miles of beginner and intermediate hiking trails. This forest is the perfect way to spend the day. Horses welcome!
815-745-3302 – 3742 US Hwy 20 West, Galena, IL 61036
260 timbered acres of public hunting, hiking, nature viewing.
815-858-9100 – 9642 IL Rte 84 South, Hanover, IL 61041
Experience Native American mounds, prairie and the Apple River. Hike beginner trails. Pets welcome. Fishing allowed.
815-745-3302 – 3334 S. Willow Rd., Stockton, IL 61085
335 protected acres of woodlands with populations of sensitive plant and animal species.
815-745-3302 – 2641 S. Blackjack Rd., Galena, IL 61036
230 acres for public hunting, hiking, nature viewing and a historic railroad tunnel.