No trip to our stunning Northwestern corner of Illinois is complete without time spent in the great outdoors! One of the best places to experience the beauty of the Prairie State is at Apple River Canyon State Park. This tremendous 297-acre natural escape is located in Jo Daviess County and features five scenic trails and four picnic areas. Whether you are a nature lover or just want to spend a day outdoors, a trip to this remarkable park will be a great addition to your getaway!
Before you to travel to Illinois, request a copy of our free Galena Vacation Guide. You’ll find our recommendations for area attractions like the Apple River Canyon State Park, as well as local restaurants and other outdoor activities. We’ve even included a few of Galena’s best-kept secrets!
Why You Need to Visit Apple River Canyon State Park!
Our beautiful area has a collection of spectacular outdoor spaces where you can relax and reset in nature. Apple River Canyon State Park is a favorite of visitors and locals alike, and it’s just a scenic 27-mile drive from our B&B! Discover how to make the most of your park experience below.
The History of Apple River Canyon State Park
In the nineteenth century, American pioneers choose the area of Apple River Canyon State Park for its wealth in mines. This principal quality attracted many miners from around the country who created Millville, a roaring boom town. Known for its large sawmills, this once-thriving town flourished until 1854, before it was completely washed away by a flood in 1892.
What You’ll See
The Park is named after the powerful Apple River, which flowed for hundreds of years and formed the intricate network of canyons and cliffs in the area. Now, this 297-acre park features massive limestone bluffs, deep ravines, babbling streams, and an abundance of wildlife.
As you meander through this surreal landscape, you’ll see an array of flora and fauna. Apple River Canyon State Park features 14 different ferns, over 500 species of herbaceous plants, and 165 varieties of flowers. In addition, there is a variety of wildlife, including deer, squirrels, rabbits, and 47 varieties of birds. When you visit, we suggest bringing your camera and photographing this incredible park!
What to Do
Apple River Canyon State Park offers a range of outdoor activities. Whether you want to go trout fishing or swimming in the lake, you’ll find several wonderful ways to spend your time in the water! If you plan to hike or explore on foot, there are five trails from which you can choose. On these trails, you’re sure to uncover secrets like the Apple River Canyon Falls!
The park also features four picnic areas with tables, grills, drinking water, and bathrooms. A picnic in one of these areas is the perfect way to unwind after a day of adventures at the park.
More Nearby Outdoor Attractions
Galena is full of fabulous ways to explore the great outdoors. A few more of our favorite spots include Grant Park and Casper Bluff Land and Water Reserve, both just a short drive from Apple River Canyon State Park.
Where to Stay
After your visit to the Apple River Canyon State Park, relax at Farmers Guest House! Our unique bed and breakfast is situated downtown, close to the best attractions, shopping, dining, and nightlife! We invite you to browse our accommodations and select the ideal retreat for your vacation.
If you are searching for peace and quiet, consider booking Annie’s Galena Cottage! This secluded retreat is nestled in the back of our property and offers stunning fireplaces and luxurious seating areas. Whether you want to unwind in the two-person Whirlpool tub or in the comfortable king bed, you’re sure to find the perfect ways to relax together. Known as Galena’s only in-town cottage rental, it’s the ideal two-story retreat for your relaxing vacation!
You can’t go wrong with any of the rooms at Farmers Guest House, so check the availability of our accommodations today and book your stay! We look forward to hearing about your Illinois adventures.