Two of the most attractive aspects of Galena that draw in such large crowds are undoubtedly its ease of access, and it’s beautiful scenery. Galena is the perfect getaway destination for a variety of people in the midwest. It’s just one tank of gas away from many of the midwest’s large urban areas. Despite being so close, it feels and looks distinctly different. Galena is nestled in what is known as the Driftless Region; an area so named for the uniquely scenic landscapes left untouched during the last glacial period which flattened the remainder of the Midwest. Instead, what was left behind were steeply rising hills and bluffs that plunge into winding river valleys. Getting outdoors and experiencing the scenic beauty of Galena is surely one of the best parts about vacationing here. This spring, book your room at our historic Bed and Breakfast, and discover the best of Galena’s outdoor recreation.
Galena’s Outdoor Recreation
Whether you come here for hiking, biking, boating, or some other sort of outdoor recreation, the key to enjoying Galena is discovering the outdoors. There is something magical about a glorious spring day spent in the outdoors, too. Winter is fading, and the buds and blooms of spring are emerging on the hillsides, bringing nature’s vibrancy back into daily view. Find whatever activity speaks to you, and come enjoy a spring day with us in Galena.
Whether you enjoy a leisurely stroll, a quiet country hike or prefer a more vigorous challenge, Galena and the surrounding area boasts numerous trails for you to enjoy. Most trails are easily accessible, and virtually all lead to some of the most beautiful vistas in the Midwest. One of the most popular hiking/biking trails is the Galena River Trail. This beautiful 6-mile trail follows the Galena River, where you’ll enjoy the scenic bluffs towering alongside the winding waters. Galena Gateway Park is a wonderful place to go to enjoy scenic views overlooking Galena’s breathtaking skyscape. Horseshoe Mound is another very popular hiking area. The property is considered to be one of the most scenic areas in all of northern Illinois, and features a view spanning three states, as well as distant views of the Mississippi River. Other popular destinations for outdoor recreation near Galena are the Apple River Canyon State Park and the Casper Bluff Land and Water Preserve.
Biking is also a popular pastime in the Galena area. Whether you are a first time mountain biker or a seasoned rider, there is something for everyone in Galena. Many of the trails mentioned above for hiking also have suitable trails for biking. The most popular of these are the Galena River Trail and the Apple River Canyon State Park. If you’re looking to join other riders, then coming up in May is the “Ride the Ups and Downs” ride through the hills of Galena. Riders can choose 1 of 4 rides, each ranging in difficulty, and will enjoy a scenic tour of the county as they go.
Thanks to the unique landscapes found around Galena, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy water activities as well. Enjoy a quiet paddle down quiet streams or take on the mighty Mississippi. Public boat ramps are located on the Mississippi at Blanding’s Landing, Ferry Landing and the East Dubuque bridge, and canoe/kayak rentals are available at local outfitters. The most popular area for boating is the Apple River Canyon State Park, where visitors will enjoy watching how the river has cut through the limestone deposits, carving the canyon and creating the massive cliffs that rise high above the river itself. Also within the outdoor recreation area is the Hanover Bluff Nature Preserve, which features a public lake. The Galena River itself has become a popular destination for the casual kayak or canoe. If you would rather hit the waters with a guided tour, the Fever River Outfitters offer a variety of day trips down local waters.
No matter how you choose to spend your time in Galena this spring, don’t miss out on an incredible opportunity to enjoy the abundant outdoor recreation this charming town has to offer. Book your room at our luxury Bed and Breakfast in downtown Galena today, and start planning your next outdoor adventure now.