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Galena River Trail

100 Bouthillier St Galena, Illinois 61036 | 815.777.1050
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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 stroll. It features beautiful views of the Galena River and towering bluffs. The trail is built in the footprint of the Burlington Railroad mainline that was constructed in 1886, the route links Galena with Galena Junction along the Mississippi River. While the trains stopped running about 60 years ago, you can still spot old signal foundations along the way. If you complete the 8.8-mile stretch, you will reach Chestnut Mountain Resort where you can take a chair lift to the restaurant to enjoy a refreshing drink overlooking the Mississippi River.

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2022 Closure dates due to hunting season: Oct. 8-10, Oct. 22-30, Nov. 18-20, Dec. 1-4, Dec. 9-11, Dec. 29-Jan. 1, Jan. 13-15, 2023

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