There’s a hidden gem in Galena that’s a perfect addition to any getaway to our charming town: Thunder Bay Falls. While there are a lot of waterfalls in Illinois worth a hike in or a long drive, this one just requires parking your car and you’re there. Thunder Bay Falls is cascading runoff from the picturesque Lake Galena, so you’ll see the stunning flowing water all year round.
As a guest at our Galena Bed and Breakfast, you’ll be just a quick ten-minute drive from Thunder Bay Falls and Lake Galena. For those on the hunt for waterfalls in Illinois, we always suggest heading to Thunder Bay Falls first and then continuing on to Apple Canyon Lake State Park. Where you’ll find the majestic Apple Canyon Waterfall, as well as limestone bluffs, streams, and lush woods, perfect for a leisurely hike.
The Jail Hill Inn is the premier bed and breakfast in Galena, IL. Our historic Inn has been meticulously renovated from an 1878 county jail into five-star luxury accommodations, landing us in TripAdvisor’s Top 10 best places to stay in the US for four years running. Book one of our six spacious guest suites and come find out for yourself how lovely it is to stay with us. Get your dates on the calendar today!
Thunder Bay Falls & More Waterfalls in Illinois to Explore
There’s just something so romantic about the wildness of waterfalls in Illinois, the lush greenery and the faint mist drifting in the air, it’s something you want to do with a special person by your side. While we only have a couple of waterfalls super close to our Galena Bed and Breakfast, both examples are stunning and can be easily visited in one day.
Thunder Bay Falls
The trail to this waterfall, only ten minutes from downtown Galena, is short and sweet. It’s easily accessible with a well-maintained gravel path, ideal for taking in the beauty of Thunder Bay Falls. This waterfall is a spillway from Lake Galena, meaning it doesn’t depend on ice melt as many do, so it’s great to visit all year long.
Apple Canyon Lake Waterfall
One of our favorite places to enjoy the wilderness of the Driftless region of Illinois is Apple River Canyon State Park. This lush green space is just under 300 acres and has five trails for hiking and exploring. The crowning jewel is the Apple Canyon Lake waterfall, one of the most stunning waterfalls in Illinois. Thankfully, the falls are easily reached and worth a visit.
Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve
Heading on back to Chicago? You’ll find these quiet eight-foot falls on the Fox River at this peaceful forest preserve which lies just about an hour outside of the Chicago city limits. It’s the perfect place to stretch your legs or stop for a picnic either on your road trip to or from Galena. We’re one of the best getaways from Chicago, as we’re located a scenic drive just under three hours from the city center.
Elegant Lodging at our Galena Bed and Breakfast
From the minute you arrive in front of The Jail Hill Inn and take in its beautiful facade, you’ll know you’re in for a treat. These accommodations are anything but ordinary, and it’s all just part of what makes us one of the best places to stay in Galena for your next getaway. Come for the quiet, romantic ambiance, and you’ll end up getting so much more: gracious service, delicious homemade meals, and luxury accommodations.
Not only are we close to outings like Thunder Bay Falls and other waterfalls in Illinois, but we’re also conveniently located near downtown Galena, offering guests easy access to the best shopping experiences, restaurants, wineries, attractions, and more. We have so many return guests, so more often than not, your first visit isn’t your last. Start planning your next adventure to the midwest and book your stay today!