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Ogle County

White Pines State Park

6712 West Pines Road
Mt Morris, IL 61054
The 385-acre park is perfect for family getaways to enjoy hiking, fishing, camping and picnicking. With serene, picturesque beauty, and…
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Whiteside County

Hennepin Canal State Parkway

209 Emmons Ave
Rock Falls, IL 61071
The Hennepin Feeder Canal extends from Rock Falls to Sheffield IL. The Hennepin Canal Feeder opens the door to the…
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Ogle County

Castle Rock State Park

Illinois Route 2 South
Oregon, IL
Castle Rock State Park is located three miles south of Oregon on Highway 2. The 2,000-acre park includes rock formations,…
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Lee County

Nachusa Grasslands

8772 South Lowden Road
Franklin Grove, IL
COVID19 UPDATE:  Nachusa Grasslands is open. The public can hike in the non-fenced areas. Social distancing six feet apart is…
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Carroll County

Mississippi Palisades State Park

16327A IL Route 84
Savanna, IL
Palisades is the word used to describe a line of lofty, steep cliffs usually seen along a river, and Mississippi…
Ogle County

Howard Colman Hall Creek Preserve

12749 Weldon Road
Rockford, IL
Located in the northeast corner of Ogle County, this 281 acre preserve operated by the Byron Forest Preserve District features…
Ogle County

Bald Hill Preserve

5502 North Silver Creek Road
Mt Morris, IL 61054
 A 380 acre preserve offering spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.  Several rare gravel hill prairie and savanna plants can…
Ogle County

Edward F. Vassallo Land & Water Reserve

7578 W Pines Rd
Mt Morris, IL 61054
The Edward F. Vassallo Land and Water Reserve is a privately owned reserve located adjacent to White Pines State Forest. …
Ogle County

He-Leo Two Rivers Preserve

Adjacent to Rockvale Twp Bldg IL Rt 2
Byron, IL 61010
 The He-Leo Two Rivers Preserve adjoins a previously owned property called the He-Leo Preserve.  The entrance is adjacent to the…
Whiteside County

Big Bend State Fish & Wildlife Area

12010 Vandamme Rd
Prophetstown, IL 61277
Located in Whiteside County, 4 miles west of Prophetstown, Big Bend contains 1,188 acres. It's open for hunting, hiking, and…
Ogle County

Lowden-Miller State Forest

Nashua Road
Oregon, IL
2,225-acre state forest with miles of scenic marked trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross-county skiing. Hunting.
Ogle County

Jarrett Prairie Nature Preserve

7993 North River Road
Byron, IL 61010
The Byron Forest Preserve District was founded in 1980 to protect 120 acres of rare dolomite prairie at this preserve.…
Lee County

Green River State Wildlife Area

375 Game Road
Harmon, IL
2,565 acres, rest rooms, parking, dump station, camping, hiking, horse trails, hunting.   The Green River State Wildlife Area is…
Lee County

Franklin Creek State Natural Area

1872 Twist Road
Franklin Grove, IL
This 664-acre nature preserve and park offer a variety of recreational opportunities: hiking (4.5 miles of trails), an equestrian area that…
Carroll County
55,000 total acres: fishing, canoeing, hiking, biking, boat launches and wildlife/bird observation area. Don't miss the Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center…
Whiteside County

RKR & Associates Arboretum

9585 Henry Road
Morrison, IL
This seven-acre mini arboretum has over 250 varieties of trees, shrubs and perennials. The landscape architect owner has also planted…

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