Distance: 23.18 miles
The Illinois River Valley imparts feelings of awe at the power of the river winding its way through a land form carved by glacial melt water. Experience the seasonal colors and rhythms of the forests, wetlands, bluffs, and prairies on your own or follow one of seven different nature activity guides.
Distance: 75.26 miles
This 106-mile loop takes you through the Elkhorn Mountains,gold-mining ghost-towns, and along elegant lakes and rivers. You can learn a lot of history here, as well as enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, boating,
skiing, and hiking in a picturesque setting.
Distance: 117.89 miles
Here, the Missouri, Mississippi and Illinois Rivers meet to form a 35,000-acre floodplain. The Mississippi, a working river, is also an environmental treasure. Historic 18th-century river towns, islands, bars, points, and bends create beautiful scenery beneath limestone bluffs that are covered by forests extending over nearly 20,000 acres.
Distance: 120.20 miles
This site is a normally dry reservoir and dam built by the Army Corps of Engineers for flood control on Farm Creek. The immediate value of this dam is to store flood waters that would otherwise flood parts of East Peoria, IL, which is just downstream from the dam. It is also part of the overall plan of the Corps of Engineers for flood control in the Illinois River and Mississippi River systems.
Distance: 149.20 miles
Love nature? Then take the Great Divide National Scenic Highway
through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and revel in the
wonderful diversity of plant and animal life in the majestic
Northwoods. The byway passes through forests harboring black bear,
timber wolves and white-tailed deer. It crosses lakes, swamps and
bogs alive with beaver, loons and bald eagles. Lakes and rivers are
Distance: 162.80 miles
On Illinois' National Historic Road, rolling countryside, prairie fields, and small towns whisper of an earlier time. Main street stores speak of small town U.S.A. where soda fountains, museums and antiques showcase days gone by. Hayfields, cattle and old barns intermingled with small towns all beckon you to stay awhile.