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Parks and Trails

Outdoor play knows no bounds in Galena Country. From waterways and byways to unbeaten paths for the whole family, Galena Country offers a thrill-seeker’s dream. Bikes, boats, balloons, birds and bluegill are in abundance during the warmer seasons. Grab a pair of skis, lace up your skates, sled down a hill and more for winter fun! Enjoy scenic views as you explore our rolling hills, miles of trails and breathtaking bluffs.

Stargazing in Galena Country

Escape to the countryside to experience the night sky as you’ve never seen it before — it’s nature’s free light show! Explore all of the awesome stargazing opportunities in Galena Country from watching meteors on the Mound to sleeping under ...

9 Reasons to visit Galena Country this winter

Whether you look at winter as a time for an outdoor adventure to embrace the elements or a call to head indoors for cozy relaxation and family downtime, Galena Country offers the perfect winter escape. From a couple’s retreat to a family vacation, from skiing ...

Run the Galena River Trail

Our intern, Ally explored the Galena River Trail and beyond! Here is a recount of her adventure…  Raise your heart rate, get a good work out and find mental serenity in Mother Nature. What better way to distract yourself from your own heavy breathing ...

Alice T. Virtue Water Park

Beautiful family water park with waterslide, drop slide, diving board, and full-menu concession stand adjacent to full-service park. ...

Apple Canyon Lake Golf Course

One of Illinois' most scenic courses, Apple Canyon Lake Golf Course features nine holes that wind through the hills and canyons of Apple Canyon Lake. When you're done, eat lakeside or grab a drink at ...

Apple River Canyon State Park

In hilly northern Illinois, the park offers hiking, day use, camping and fishing, plus Millville, a National Historic Register site. Open All Year Pet-Friendly ...

Aunt Beez

Plants, produce, fresh cut and dried flowers available seasonally. Also at local farmers' markets. Seasonal ...

Blanding Landing Recreation Area

Located on Mississippi River. Camping, fishing/boating accessibility, playground, potable water, showers, flush toilets. Class A campground, 50-amp electric. Reservations Accepted Seasonal ...

Buehler Preserve

Hike or bike into Buehler Preserve from downtown Galena and experience the prairie life! ...

Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve

This reserve is managed by the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation. It offers hiking trails, bird watching, sightseeing, Native American archaeology and much more on 85 acres of scenic Mississippi River ...

Chestnut Mountain Resort

This full-service resort is located eight miles southeast of Galena on a wooded palisade overlooking the Majestic Mississippi River. Amenities include an indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, and on-site restaurants ...

Chestnut Mountain Resort - Outdoor Activities

Chestnut Mountain is a full-service, 120-unit resort situated eight miles southeast of Galena on a wooded palisade overlooking the Mississippi River. This resort offers an array of outdoor activities ...

Dittmar Farms

Operating since 1854, this family-owned and operated farm specializes in apples, sweet corn, and pumpkins. The farm features seasonal activities such as scenic hayrides, u-pick apples, a corn maze, ...

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa

Located within the 6,800 acres of The Galena Territory, six miles from Galena. Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa offers accommodations: traditional inn rooms, one- to three-bedroom villas, six-bedroom distinctive ...

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa - Foot Golf

FootGolf is a combination of soccer and golf; played with a regulation #5 soccer ball at a golf course facility, with 21-inch diameter cups. At Eagle Ridge, it's played on the East Course, with 18 holes ...

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, East Course

An excellent test of accuracy, shot making and putting touch makes the par 34, nine-hole East Course unique. Number of Holes: 9 Seasonal Tee Color Par Yardage Slope Rating Black 34 2648 118 33.1 Gold 34 2461 110 32.2 Jade 34 2255 108 33.3 ...

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, North Course

The North Course sports elevated tees, long vistas through the countryside, rolling fairways and large undulating greens. Number of Holes: 18 Seasonal Tee Color Par Yardage Slope Rating Black 72 6875 132 73.2 Gold 72 6386 127 70.9 Jade 72 5578 125 72.1 ...

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, South Course

Carved through a heavily wooded valley, a stream and natural rock outcroppings create dramatic views at the South Course. Number of Holes: 18 Seasonal Tee Color Par Yardage Slope Rating Black 72 6762 134 72.7 Gold 72 6344 130 70.9 Jade 72 5609 129 72.3 ...

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, The General Course

Experience the Ultimate Golf Destination Find four beautifully maintained championship golf courses that perfectly incorporate the rolling hills and woodlands into a challenging and rewarding test ...

Fever River Outfitters

Fever River Outfitters is a year-round sport and recreation rental company located the heart of Galena. Explore the area via land or water, on your own or with one of our adventure packages. ...

Galena Birding

Experienced birder offers guided field trips on selected Saturdays. Private trips available by appointment. ...

Galena Fly Fishing Outfitters

Guided fly fishing for wild brown and brook trout, as well as native smallmouth bass. ...

Galena Gateway Park

Scenic views and hiking trails overlooking Galena's breathtaking skyscape. Natural prairie restoration. Restrooms, hard surface, and mown trails. Pet-Friendly Wheelchair Accessible Deer Hunting ...

Galena Golf Club

Galena Golf Club is one of tri-states' best manicured golf courses for golfers at all skill levels. Plus it comes at a great price. A full-service bar, grille, pro shop and practice range round out your ...

Galena On The Fly

Take your group outing to new heights! Balloon rides available daily at dawn and dusk. Reservations required. Special packages available and can be customized for group needs. Gift certificates available. ...

Galena Recreation Park

The 8.5 acre Recreation Park features the Alice T Virtue Water Park, a skateboard and BMX bike park, softball fields, 7 pavilions, playgrounds, basketball and sand volleyball courts, horse shoe pits, ...

Galena River Trail

A scenic 8.8 mile (one way) trail along the Galena River, just minutes from downtown Galena. The hard surfaced finely crushed rock trail is perfect for hiking, biking, cross country skiing or a simple ...

Gramercy Park

This 10-acre city park is located on the bluff in East Dubuque overlooking the Mississippi River. As an Illinois Natural Heritage Landmark, this site is home to 26 ceremonial and burial mounds from the ...

Grant Park

This landscaped park lies beside the Galena River. It features a pavilion with tables, a gazebo, fountain, a play lot, basketball court, historic cannons and monuments, and a walk bridge across the Galena ...

Hanover Bluff State Natural Area

This natural division represents the Illinois portion of the North American geo-biological feature known as the "Driftless Area." This area is known for its scenic topography and rare plants, several ...

Hoof it + Sip it

Join us for a fall goat trek paired with a wine tasting at Hoof It in Galena County. Stroll through the forest with a glass of wine and a goat by your side! Return from the trek and enjoy a sampling of ...

Hoof It Goat Treks

Welcoming all... young, old, and in-between. Here, it’s all about the fun, the laughter, and the pure joy of walking with goats through native prairies and forest. Lace up your shoes and get ready to ...

Hoof’n + Spook’n

Do you have what it takes to brave the forest on Halloween in Galena County?  Spend time with the Hoof It goats prior to venturing out into the forest on a Glow Walk. Return to a bonfire and music. If ...

Horseshoe Mound Preserve

Explore, hike, bird-watch, picnic and learn about local geology while enjoying the view from atop the mound. Open All Year Pet-Friendly (Photo Credit: Rich Mattas [3 photos]) ...

Iris and Jack Witkowsky State Wildlife Area

1,100+ acres with more than 12 miles of hiking trails. Beginning of a transcontinental bluebird trail segment. Open year and pet-friendly. Public hunting areas, be aware of postings. ...

Lacoma Golf Club

Located in the wooded hills of the Mississippi River valley, only 5 minutes from downtown Dubuque, Iowa and 15 minutes from Historic Galena, Illinois. Lacoma Golf Course is a golfer's dreamland. It was ...

Lake Galena

Located on the banks of Lake Galena, boating is a cherished activity in The Galena Territory. Take a leisurely cruise on one of the resort's pontoon boats, paddleboats, kayaks or canoes. Eagle Ridge is ...

Long Hollow Canopy Tours

Enjoy approximately 2 1/2 hours of thrilling fun on this completely guided canopy tour! The tour begins with an enjoyable UTV ride through the trees to the first platform. The course gets progressively ...

Long Hollow Scenic Overlook

This scenic overlook includes picnic tables, shelters and restrooms. Perfect place for taking photos of Galena Country's rolling countryside. Open All Year Pet-Friendly Wheelchair Accessible ...

Nathan Studtmann Golf

Nathan Studtmann is a PGA Golf Professional who gives state of the art golf lessons and club fittings out of his custom-built golf performance studio. Located right next to his studio is a vacation ...

Nuts Outdoors

Electric bike rentals, kayak rentals, fishing guides, and other guided adventures! Nuts Outdoors has everything for your next outdoor Galena adventure. ...

Ochs Christmas Tree Farm

Create family memories and good times at this family-run Christmas tree Farm. Established in 1978 by Dave Ochs. Cut your own tree and don’t worry about bringing tools. Ochs provides saws, baling, shaking ...

Rall Woods State Natural Area

Rall Woods offers 283 Acres of timbered and huntable natural area which features native hilltop prairies and views of the Mississippi River. The area provides good hunting opportunities for forest game ...

Schurmeier Teaching Forest

Two miles of beginner and intermediate hiking trails, including a 1/3-mile trail with educational signage and guidebook, teaching about trees and forestry practices. ...

Shenandoah Riding Center

Experience the beautiful, scenic outdoors of The Galena Territory atop a horse! The riding center offers knowledgeable staff and well-trained horses in a lovely setting. Attendee Capacity: 20 People Tour ...

Tapley Woods State Natural Area

This 260-acre timbered property provides public hunting areas, hiking and nature viewing. The topography of the area is very steep, consisting of unglaciated ridges. The entire hunting area is timbered, ...

Terrapin Orchards

Owned by a professional and passionate agronomist, Terrapin Orchards boast 5500 apple trees in 6 different varieties (Zestar, Premier Honeycrisp, Gala, Honeycrisp, Fuji, and Evercrisp) and 4 acres of ...

The Nordic Center at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa

Located at the Highlands Complex at Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa, the Nordic Center features exciting winter activities to keep you entertained! ...

Tri-State Market Pumpkin Barn

Open-air market/fresh produce, honey, jams, veggies. October family fun: pumpkins, apples, bounce house, corn maze, hay rides, farm animals, food. ...

Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary

There are over 6 miles of trails for you to explore at this unique place, which is managed and protected primarily for the many bird species that call it home. ...

Wapello Land & Water Reserve

Wapello is what Hanover, Illinois, was originally called, named for the chief of the Fox Indians, one of whose villages was located here. Many know this land as the “John Chapman Archaeological Site,” ...

Wards Grove Nature Preserve

335 protected acres of woodlands with populations of sensitive plant and animal species. Open All Year Pet-Friendly ...

Winston Tunnel State Natural Area

230 acres of land for public hunting, hiking, nature viewing and a historic railroad tunnel. While the tunnel itself has been walled off for years now, the entrance and walk along the tracks is beautiful. ...

Woodbine Bend Golf Course & Restaurant

This immaculate 18-hole links-style course offers a challenge and a great time for golfers of all skill levels. Group packages are available, making this a great guys getaway or reunion site. Plus, they ...