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Hit the Trails Around Galena

Hiking and Biking Trails in GalenaAs we officially sail into summer in just a few days, it’s time to start making plans to enjoy the warm summer sun.  There’s no better place to do this than the charming, historic town of Galena.  Our historic Main Street is nestled along the scenic Galena River, and surrounded by the rolling hills pervasive in this region of Illinois.  Plan a getaway to our luxury Bed and Breakfast, and you’ll be situated just steps from all downtown Galena has to offer.  From the moment you step through our doors at the Jail Hill Inn, it’s time to embrace a simpler time.  The picturesque countryside will beckon you into the great outdoors.  Galena is home to many great hiking and biking trails just waiting to be discovered.  Book your room at our Galena Bed and Breakfast today.

Hiking Trails

There are a variety of trails around Galena, suitable for all levels of walking and hiking, including a variety of stunningly beautiful Nature Preserves.  Apple River Canyon State Park offers incredible scenery, including limestone bluffs, deep ravines, waterways, and wildlife. There are five hiking trails throughout the park.  If you want to enjoy views of the Mississippi River, then head to the Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve, or move a little farther out of town and enjoy the incredible scenery and hiking trails at Mississippi Palisades State Park.  Or, enjoy the wetlands, patches of wildflowers, and limestone bluffs as you take a scenic walk along the Galena River Trail.  It’s a 3.4 mile trail along the Galena River, and is one of the most popular walking trails in the area.  It’s possible to connect to a variety of other hiking trails in the area from here, and it also happens to be a popular place for birdwatching.

Biking Trails

Hiking and Mountain Biking Trails in GalenaJust like hiking, there are a lot of great places for biking in Galena.  Whether you’re looking to hit the country roads, and would prefer to stay on dedicated biking paths, there are plenty of options around town.  As with walking, one of the most popular biking trails in Galena is the Galena River Trail, and the multitude of trails it connects to further down the road. Otherwise, the Buehler Preserve has some excellent trails.  If you’re looking for a true mountain biking adventure, head to the trails at Chestnut Mountain Resort.  Bike rentals are available there during the summer.  Bike rentals are also available in Galena at Fever River Outfitters.  They also offer a variety of interesting trips throughout the year, which will introduce you to the best of Galena.

After your hiking or biking adventure, come back to the luxurious Jail Hill Inn, where an afternoon wine and cheese reception awaits.  From there, it’s on to downtown Galena to enjoy the remainder of your evening.  Summertime is a popular time of year to be in Galena.  Make sure you plan your getaway well in advance, so you get the rooms and rates you want.  Book your stay at Galena’s #1 rated Bed and Breakfast, Jail Hill Inn, today!