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.

Buehler Preserve

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.

Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve

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.

Galena Gateway Park

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.

Galena Recreation Park

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.

Galena River Trail

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.

Hanover Bluff Nature Preserve

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.

Horseshoe Mound 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.

Iris and Jack Witkowsky State Wildlife Area

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.

Keough Effigy Land & Water Reserve

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.

Long Hollow Scenic Overlook

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.

Rall Woods State Natural Area

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.

Schurmeier Teaching Forest

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!

Tapley Woods State Natural Area

815-745-3302  –  3742 US Hwy 20 West, Galena, IL 61036

260 timbered acres of public hunting, hiking, nature viewing.

Wapello Land & Water Reserve

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.

Wards Grove Nature Preserve

815-745-3302 – 3334 S. Willow Rd., Stockton, IL 61085

335 protected acres of woodlands with populations of sensitive plant and animal species.

Winston Tunnel State Natural Area

815-745-3302  –  2641 S. Blackjack Rd., Galena, IL 61036

230 acres for public hunting, hiking, nature viewing and a historic railroad tunnel.


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