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Old Market House State Historic Site
123 N. Commerce St.
Galena, IL 61036
9a.m. – 5p.m. Daily

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Hiking, Biking & Riding

With so much to see and do in Galena, setting aside a few days for your visit will allow you to discover the town firsthand.


Apple River Canyon State Park

Apple River Canyon State Park offers fishing, picnicking, hiking, camping and more. Spend the day enjoying the great outdoors!

The Apple River has ...more

8763 E. Canyon Rd.
Apple River IL 61001
Local: 815-745-3302

Buehler Preserve

Thanks to the generosity of former Galena Mayor Robert Buehler, JDCF owns an 18 acre property just north of the city limits. The site is a mix of hilly ...more

102 Jefferson St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-858-9100

Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve

Not only does JDCF’s Casper Bluff property command some of the best views of the Mississippi River and its backwater sloughs, highly significant archeological ...more

870 S. Pilot Knob Rd.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-858-9100

Chestnut Mountain Resort

Along with our famous Alpine Slide, we also offer other outdoor activities during our summer season.

Mountain Bike Rental
Mountain bikes are available ...more

8700 W. Chestnut Mountain Rd.
Galena IL 61036
Toll Free: 800-397-1320

Fever River Outfitters

Fever River rents canoes, kayaks, bicycles, scooters, snowshoes and ice skates. We also sell quality boats, sports gear and apparel. ...more

525 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-776-9425

Galena River Trail

Enjoy this scenic biking and hiking 3.5-mile trail. Explore as you take in the peaceful views of the Galena River and towering bluffs. ...more

Start at Recreation Park or Depot Lot
Bouthillier Street
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-858-9100

Hanover Bluff Nature Preserve

Hike 450 natural acres of gorgeous land, home of nine Illinois endangered or threatened plants and animals. Pack a picnic and make a day of it! This is ...more

Whitton Rd.
Hanover IL 61041
Local: 815-745-3302

Horseshoe Mound

Located at the eastern gateway to the historic city of Galena, the 40-acre Horseshoe Mound offers the public opportunities to enjoy one of the most scenic ...more

1679 N. Blackjack Rd.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-858-9100

Schurmeier Teaching Forest

Bring the family to JDCF’s 56-acre upland forest and enjoy hiking two miles of trails or simply relax and enjoy the native wildflowers and local wildlife ...more

147 E. Reusch Rd.
Elizabeth IL 61028
Local: 815-858-9100

Wapello Land & Water Reserve

JDCF’s Wapello property has been transformed from an agricultural field back into a native short grass prairie filled with native grasses and wildflowers. ...more

8642 IL Rt. 84 S.
Hanover IL 61041
Local: 815-858-9100

Witkowsky State Wildlife Area

This wildlife area offers public hunting and nature viewing. The transcontinental bluebird trail segment starts at parking lot 1. Please sign in and out ...more

Blackjack Rd.
Seven Miles North of Hanover
Hanover IL 61041
Local: 815-745-3302