A trip to Galena, Illinois is a chance for travelers to relax, unwind, and enjoy life at their own pace. Year-round, Galena is a great place to savor a moment focused exclusively on the fun but if you happen to be heading this way in the fall, you’re in for a colorful treat! The fall foliage here offers up a rainbow of seasonal hues to enjoy ensuring visitors will find the fun they’re looking forward is even more memorable! From the tree-lined streets of downtown to the top of Chesnut Mountain, the fall colors are simply breathtaking no matter where you view them! Read on to discover four of our favorite spots to view fall foliage in Galena, IL!
When you’re ready to start planning your trip, access our Galena Vacation Guide. This free resource is filled with local insight on the best things to see and do during each season in our area!
Best Time of Year for Leaf Peeping
When you can’t wait to set your sights on a spectacularly colorful fall scene in Galena, the best time of year to head this way is between mid-September and late October. With a camera and jacket in hand, you’ll be on your way to soaking up amazing fall foliage sights just about everywhere you look during this season.
Parks and Resorts Filled with Fall Colors
Getting out and discovering the very best fall foliage destinations is half the fun this time of year in Galena! When you’re ready to immerse yourself in amazing views, start your journey at the Mississippi Palisades State Park just a 35-minute drive away from town. Here, you’ll have access to a 2,500-acre state park filled with 15 miles of trails and forested bluffs that come to life in color when fall rolls around. A bit closer to central Galena, the Chestnut Mountain Resort offers visitors a prime place to stroll, bike, or even zip line to make the most of fall foliage scenery. Don’t overlook the fun of the alpine slide with the Mississippi River and fall foliage views framed from a great vantage point the entire family will love.
Trails, Rivers, and Gardens to Explore
If you’re the type of fall foliage enthusiast who loves lacing up their hiking boots and hitting the trails, be sure to put a trek along the Galena River Trail at the top of your fall leap-peeping list. This path leads to a high vantage point overlooking the Galena River and town which is sure to inspire and provide picture-perfect photo opportunities as well. Afterward, you can enjoy a picnic by the river immersed in your colorful surroundings and making the most of quality time with family and friends too. When you’re back in town, make your way to scenic Linmar Gardens for even more fall foliage fun! Located at 504 S. Prospect Street in Galena, this beautiful destination hosts a gazebo, rock formations, benches, and fantastic flora that enhance the changing colors overhead.
Infuse Flavor into Your Fall Foliage Outing
Galena is a great place for wine lovers to treat their tastebuds to bold flavor profiles of all types year-round. During the fall, it’s a simple task to pair a wine-tasting experience with fall foliage admiring too! Start at Galena Cellars where you can make the most of a vineyard tour or drop by when they host the annual Fall Harvest & Art Festival. Nearby destinations like Rocky Waters Vineyard & Winery or Massbach Ridge Winery are also great options for making it a delicious fall foliage experience this year.
Fall in Love with a Stay at Farmers Guest House
Relax at Farmers Guest House after a day in search of the best fall foliage in Galena, IL. The best time to view fall colors in Galena is from mid-September through November, so be sure to keep that in mind while you’re planning your trip!
Consider a stay in Annie’s Galena Cottage. This cottage is tucked away in our secluded backyard and features a king-size bed, a whirlpool tub-for-two, and a fireplace. Guests can also enjoy two private porches that are shaded by towering trees dressed in beautiful hues of fall colors.
Browse all our guest rooms to select your favorite. Then, check our availability to start planning your trip to Galena in the fall!