Hiking & Biking

Bring your own bicycle or rent a bike for a breathtaking ride through the challenging hills of Jo Daviess County. Test yourself on one of the area’s many hiking trails.

Apple River Canyon S.P. – Thompson/Salem Units

815-745-3302   –  1837 N. Salem Rd., Stockton, IL 61085

1,150 acre area allows hunting, fishing; no boating/biking. See postings/fact sheets at registration. Sign in/out at lots #1 or #2.

Apple River Canyon State Park

biking at apple river canyon
815-745-3302  -  8763 E. Canyon Rd., Apple River, IL 61001

In hilly northern Illinois, the park offers hiking, day use, camping and fishing, plus Millville, a National Historic Register site.

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 River Trail

815-777-1050  -  South end of Depot Park, Galena, IL 61036

Scenic biking and hiking along a six-mile trail featuring views of the Galena River and towering bluffs.

Hanover Bluff Natural Area

815-745-3302  -  8995 S. Hanover Hill Rd., Hanover, IL 61041

Sixteen-acre public lake. Largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish. No boating. Sign in/out at visitor parking. 350 acres for public hunting.

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.

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

Explore the past along Keough’s hiking trails. Come and see its mining and Native American history.

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  -  Located five miles west of Elizabeth on US Hwy 20, Elizabeth, IL 61028

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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