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Galena River Trail

Start at Recreation Park
Bouthillier Street
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815.858.9100

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Handicap Accessible: Yes


The Galena River Trail offers 6 miles (one way) of scenic hiking, biking or cross country skiing for users. The hard surfaced finely crushed rock trail is open to the public at no cost. The surface is best suited for mountain bikes and hybrids but road bikes are frequently seen on the trail. Free parking is available at several trail entry areas, including the under the U.S. 20 bridge, Meeker Street at Field Street and Recreation Park.

The 3.4-mile Galena Junction Trail segment is a favorite of many trail enthusiasts. Originating from Depot Park just below the U.S. 20 bridge, this forested trail winds south to Galena Junction and the backwaters of the Mississippi River. At the junction, it is not uncommon to obtain a close view of a passing train. Interpretive signs detailing the history, flora and fauna of the area are located throughout this segment. The Galena Junction Trail also offers some of the best bird watching in the regional.

Click here for a map of the Galena River Trail.
Click here for Galena River Trail rules.
Click here for Galena River Trail Bird Sightings List.