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The Great River Road in Illinois

The Great Outdoors

Start putting together your recreation to-do list because towering sandstone walls await on the trails at Giant City State Park, the lush canopy of Shawnee National Forest gives way to sweeping views of fall colors and brilliant sunsets, and the rolling hills of Galena provide a quiet place for reflection at Horseshoe Mound. For long haul cyclists, the Great River Trail is a warm up for Madison County Transit’s trail system - one of the most extensive networks of interconnected trails in the nation. For those who want to check off must-do items, here are a few: the only natural rock bridge in Illinois, the only “snake road” in the world, and the famed Old Chain of Rocks Bridge. Whether you pitch a tent, park your RV, rent a cabin, or stay in a lodge, every bend in the byway provides opportunities for your next outdoor adventure.

BICYCLE / PEDESTRIAN PATHS

BICYCLE / PEDESTRIAN PATHS

Walk, run, or bike our scenic trails
BIRD WATCHING / WILDLIFE VIEWING

BIRD WATCHING / WILDLIFE VIEWING

Discover our wild side – from bald eagles to a snake road
BOATING

BOATING

Adventures flow on the waters of the byway
CAMPING

CAMPING

Overnight under the stars
CROSS COUNTRY SKIING

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING

Glide through our winter wonderlands
EAGLE WATCHING

EAGLE WATCHING

Where bald eagles soar
FISHING

FISHING

Find your big fish story here
GOLFING

GOLFING

Legendary holes and courses that challenge
HIKING

HIKING

From palisades to canyons, follow the path to adventure
HORSEBACK RIDING

HORSEBACK RIDING

Saddle up and hit the trails
HUNTING

HUNTING

Game on
ICE SKATING

ICE SKATING

Hit the ice on a glistening getaway
MISSISSIPPI RIVER BOAT LAUNCHES

MISSISSIPPI RIVER BOAT LAUNCHES

Head out on the mighty Mississippi
MOUNTAIN BIKING

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Feel pure adrenaline on our forested singletracks
SKIING

SKIING

Downhills and terrain parks with views of the Mississippi
SPORT SHOOTING

SPORT SHOOTING

Take your practice shots to a new level
SWIMMING

SWIMMING

Explore the cool waters of the byway
ZIPLINING

ZIPLINING

High flying fun