Galena River Trail

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36 Hours in Galena Illinois/Galena River Trail
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Galena River Trail

Visitors looking for some outdoor fun may want to check out the Galena River Trail. Located just minutes from Main Street, the 8.8-mile, one-way trail offers stunning views of the Galena River and the region's surrounding hills.

Wildlife and History Along the Galena River

Along the route, about one mile from the main junction, a spur trail leads to the Casper Bluff Reserve. This reserve offers the opportunity to check out a thunderbird effigy and 20 Native American mounds. There is a bike rack at the entry point because bikes are not allowed within the historical park. Birders may want to head to the Galena Junction Trail or the Aiken Trail. These routes are known to have some of the best bird-watching opportunities in the region. The link below shares the Galena River Trail Bird Sightings List, noting all the different bird species that have been spotted here.

Visitor Information

The Galena River Trail offers free public access for walking, cycling, and cross country skiing. The path is comprised of finely crushed rock which is best suited for mountain bikes and hybrids. Dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed. The trail is wheelchair accessible. It is important to note that the route is closed during the deer hunting season which takes place on specific dates from November to January. Specific dates can be found online or by contacting Trail maps and blackout dates can be accessed on the website link below.

Cover image by SD Dirk is licensed under (CC BY 2.0).

Almost 9 miles of scenic outdoor fun.
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