The Great River Road - Our Regions

Cross Country Skiing

Winter along the byway brings about new adventures, so strap on your skis and hit the trails. Cross country skiing is a great way to explore the byway’s peaceful forests and prairies. Morrison-Rockwood State Park provides 14 miles of trails through snow blanketed forests. At Wapello Land & Water Reserve, glide through the restored prairie as the hills rise around you. Let the self-guided tour booklet guide your way through Illinois’ only teaching forest, Schurmeier Teaching Forest, to experience deep ravines that shelter old growth timber. Get together with friends and family this winter and explore the glistening landscapes of the byway.


Black Hawk State Historic Site

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa

Galena River Trail

Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park

Loud Thunder Forest Preserve

Mississippi Palisades State Park

Morrison-Rockwood State Park

Nauvoo State Park

Randolph County State Recreation Area

Valley of Eden Bird Sancutary

Wapello Land & Water Reserve