Forests & Natural Areas

Forests and natural areas are great locations for year round hiking, nature watching and photography. Many locations have visitor centers with educational displays, well maintained walking paths and offer camp sites, while others provide a more primitive experience with trails and no other amenities. No matter what your preference, take time to get out, stretch your legs and take in the bluffs, prairies, forests, marshes and hills that make up the Illinois landscape.

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Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau


147 East Reusch Road
Elizabeth, IL 61028
815-858-9100


Located five miles west of Elizabeth on U.S. Highway 20
Elizabeth, IL 61028
815-745-3302


102 Jefferson Street
Galena, IL 61036
815-858-9100


870 South Pilot Knob Road
Galena, IL 61036
815-858-9100


2641 South Blackjack Road
Galena, IL 61036
815-745-3302


8995 South Hanover Hill Road
Hanover, IL 61041
815-745-3302


South Whitton Road
Hanover, IL 61041
815-745-3302


4573 South Blackjack Road
Hanover, IL 61041
815-745-3302


11039 South Airhart Road
Hanover, IL 61041
815-745-3302


9642 Illinois Route 84 South
Hanover, IL 61041
815-858-9100



Blackhawk Waterways Convention and Visitors Bureau


Prophetstown State Recreation Area
Park Avenue and River Drive (Near Route 172 & 78)
Prophetstown, IL 61277
815-537-2926


7071 Riverview Road
Thomson, IL 61285
815-273-2732



Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau


2 miles west of Andalusia
Andalusia, IL 61232
309-794-4200


836 State Avenue
Hampton, IL 61256
309-496-2620


19408 Loud Thunder Road
Illinois City, IL 61259
309-795-1040


R.R. 1, Box 118
Keithsburg, IL 61442
309-374-2496


R.R. 1, Box 118
Keithsburg, IL 61442
309-374-2496



Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau


HC 82, Box 107
Brussels, IL 62013
618-883-2524


17836 Highway 100 North
Grafton, IL 62037
618-376-3303



The Tourism Bureau ILLINOISouth


10981 Conservation Road
Baldwin, IL 62217
618-785-2555


c/o Randolph County SRA, 4301 South Lake Drive
Chester, IL 62233
618-826-2706


c/o Randolph County SRA, 4301 South Lake Drive
Chester, IL 62233
618.826.2706


4301 South Lake Drive
Chester, IL 62233
618-826-2706


4301 South Lakeside Drive
Chester, IL 62233
618-826-2706


Rentchler Road off of Highway 177
Freeburg, IL 62243
618-462-1181


8900 Darmstadt Road
New Athens, IL 62264
618-785-2555


Rock Springs Park & Nature Center
1428 East 3rd Street
O’Fallon, IL 62269
618-624-0139



Southernmost Illinois Tourism Bureau


50 Highway 145 South
Harrisburg, IL 62946
618-253-7114


2755 Refuge Road
Jonesboro, IL 62952
618-833-5175


Just east of Illinois Route 3
Miller City, IL 62962
618-776-5689


52 Cinder Hill Drive
Murphysboro, IL 62966
618-684-2867


Illinois 127
Pomona, IL 62975
618-253-7114





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