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Winston Tunnel State Natural Area

2641 W Blackjack Rd Galena, Illinois 61036 | 815-745-3302
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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. The trails are mostly either mowed grass or herd path along the way to the tunnel. Half way through the hike, the path drops right onto the old train tracks and heads to the tunnel.

The Winston Tunnel was built in 1888 for the Minnesota and Northwestern Railroad, a line that ran from Chicago to Minneapolis, Omaha and Kansas City.

This is a two-mile hike over some steep terrain that takes about 2 hours. Add extra time for pictures!

Open All Year Pet-Friendly

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