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Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive
The Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive Associates invite you to come to Fulton County, Illinois and enjoy the natural wonders of the Spoon River Valley. Spoon River has carved a wide scenic valley through Fulton County as it flows from London Mills to the south and east where it joins the Illinois River near the southeastern corner of the county. The Spoon River became nationally known from the work of Edgar Lee Masters, author of the noted Spoon River Anthology. Come on out the first two full weekends in October. There are over one hundred miles of scenic routes on the Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive to be enjoyed on this driving tour with beautiful fall colors. There will be food, arts, crafts, entertainment and flea market. Visit 17 villages and historic sites!
The Nature Conservancy Emiquon Preserve
The Emiquon Preserve, also known as the “Jewel of the Illinois River,” is aptly named for its abundance of wetlands and wildlife. The sheer biological diversity made it the natural place for Native Americans to settle long ago. In recent years, the land has undergone a restoration returning its natural beauty for all to enjoy once again.
Hill Prairie Winery
Hill Prairie Winery is a great place to relax, enjoy some great wines and reunite with nature in the rolling vineyard. Bring your friends to take in live entertainment each weekend as we are open all year. We offer over 15 award winning wines (along with beer and soft drinks) by the glass or the bottle. Enjoy our rural environment with rolling hills, ponds, our 100 year old barn, windmill and acres of delicious grapes. We even offer tours of our wine making process. Our facilities are available for special occasions, weddings and corporate meetings.
Brown's Oakridge Zoo
Browns Oakridge Zoo is a family owned and operated zoo established in 1990. Beginning with a single pot bellied pig and a few whitetail deer, the number of species housed at the zoo has grown to include five Siberian tigers, several black bears, two lions, and many more exotic and domestic animals. Over the years we have taken in many abandoned animals. A total of 152 lion and tiger cubs, abandoned in captivity have been reared here. Most of our animals have been raised in the house, and have had a lot of human contact. You won’t just get to see the animals here, but you will be able to have hands on contact. Imagine being able to hold a lion, tiger, or bear cub. It brings out the kid in all of us.
Willett's Winery and Cellar
A family-owned and operated winery nestled in a small-town atmosphere. Experience European charm with a glass of wine in our Market Street Courtyard.
Sand Ridge State Forest
The largest of all the state forests in Illinois. Covers 7,100 acres of native oak-hickory forests and pine plantations. Supports diverse desert flora and fauna in its sandy landscape as well as also offering a variety of recreational facilities.
CITY: Forest City
Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area
Approximately 5,000 acres are timber, while there are 46 miles of trails for activities including horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, and bicycling. Boating is permitted. Camping with electricity.
Sanganois Conservation Area
A 9.960-acre bottomland environment of sloughs and backwater lakes, Sanganois is managed primarily to provide a refuge for migratory waterfowl and a public duck hunting area.
Banner Marsh State Fish and Wildlife Area
Fishing, boating, picnicking in the out-of-doors.
Camping, fishing, picnicking, hiking.
Fulton County Camping & Recreation Area
Enjoy camping, hiking, fishing and other outdoor recreational activities.
CITY: St. David
Rice Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
Rice Lake is a waterfowler's dream. Its high quality habitat attracts thousands of migrating birds annually. In addition, areas are also available for fishing, boating, camping, and wildlife observation.
Dickson Mounds Museum
The premier on-site archaeological museum, located 45 miles southwest of Peoria, interprets the 12,000 year history of American Indian cultures in Illinois through artifacts, interpretive exhibits, major multi-image productions, hands-on activities and a variety of public events in a rural setting.
Spring Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
Contains a large bluff overlooking a long, narrow lake. Camping, picnicking, fishing, boating, hiking, and hunting opportunities provide a vast recreational experience. Concession and boat rentals are also available.
Havana Riverfront Campground
Twelve sites with electricity and water available year-'round for nightly, weekly, and monthly camping. Close to footbridge. Complimentary firewood. One shelter.
Old Jail and Old School House
See the local Historical Society's authentic preservation of an 1800s school and town jail. Tours by appointment.
Powerton Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
The lake was built on the floodplain of the Illinois River in 1971 by Commonwealth Edison Company as a cooling reservoir for the fossil-fuel power plant. Today, the completely diked, 1,426-acre lake is leased for visitor hunting and fishing.
Swan Creek Golf Club
This nine-hole golf course offers cart rental.
Willett's Wine and Dine Experience
The Wine & Dine Experience is a 4-course gourmet meal prepared by Chef Kevin Roecker with each course being expertly paired with wine from Willett's Winery & Cellar. During the evening, you'll hear about each course selection from Chef Kevin and each wine selection from winemaker, Dan Willett. Jazz music will be provided by Joe Metzka throughout the evening.
Evening Star Camping Resort
Peaceful country setting on 35 acres with open grassy or wooded sites. Large open and enclosed pavilions available for parties and reunions.
Shaw Creek Golf Course
This nine-hole golf course offers a putting green and cart rental.
The Carriage House
A beautifully decorated Victorian carriage house behind an old home in the river town of Havana. It is a wonderful opportunity to see how life used to be without giving up modern luxuries like cable TV.
The Ironstone Room
Willett's Winery & Cellar is thrilled to announce the opening of their restaurant, The Ironstone Room. Executive Chef Kevin Roecker is planning quite a culinary experience. Ironstone China is a type of stoneware introduced in England in the early 1800's by potters using the country's ironstone to develop a porcelain-like china that could be mass produced. Eventually, Ironstone China was exported primarily to the United States between about 1840 and 1890. Dan's mother, Elsie Willett, has been a collector of Ironstone China for many years. Her collection will be displayed in the Ironstone Room of Willett's Winery & Cellar. Our menu changes seasonally, and offers suggested wine pairings from our winery.
Herbst Landing and Lighthouse Lounge
Better dining. Families welcome, children's menu. Full bar for the grown-ups.
Small family-owned motel.
Heritage Grand Inn
Very nice lobby with fireplace, coffee, juice, and continental breakfast, tearoom on premises.
Supplies for scrapbooks and photo albums.
Sycamore Motor Lodge
2-story facility. Upper level is three efficiency units equipped with microwave, refrigerator, and stove. Monthly and nightly rates available.
River Park Bed & Breakfast
Home features an outside balcony overlooking the Illinois River.
Red Lion Motor Lodge
Rooms equipped with queen sized beds, cable TV, and free local calls. Ground floor building.
Good American food featuring chicken, steaks, fish, burgers and cookie chops. Serving breakfast Monday through Saturday.
Brushy Ridge Motosports
Brushy Ridge Motosports has over 20 miles of trails just for motorcycles and quads. Some hills at our site will test even the most skilled riders. We also have a nice riding area for novice and young riders. We offer riders two different tracks as well. Riders like our trails as we offer rock, sand and mud surfaces. Overnight camping is allowed. We ask that everyone sign in at the gate. Please see our website for fees.
Crane Creek Golf Course
This beautiful 18-hole course is situated on rolling elevations, with fast and true greens. Crane Creek also has a clubhouse, driving range, food service and a bar.
Unusual gifts, crafts, pond supplies, Christmas and other holidays. Large inventory.
Gloria's Secret Cafe
Special luncheons. Home-baked desserts. Located inside Heritage Grand Inn Motel.
Picco's Steak House
Fine dining. Large selection.
Super 8 Motel - Canton
Super 8 chain.
Amish-made furniture and accessories.
Canton Harvester Inn
A new boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Canton. The hotel's unique choice of art is historic pictures of Canton. The decor is natural browns and greens with maple woods. With 35 rooms, each guest suite has two king size beds, a refrigerator, microwave, large screen television mounted to the wall, availability of pay-per-view movies, a desk with data ports, and all the modern amenities One of the two meeting rooms will be fully fitted with the latest in technology such as digital projectors, automatic screens which come down from the ceiling, lighting controls, phones, and a conference table and classroom setting with data hookups for 25 to 30 people. The other room is more of a multi-purpose room where food can be served. The exercise facility has weights, tread mill, stair stepper, and other pieces of fitness equipment.
Anderson Lake Conservation Area
State fish and wildlife area with Class C camping facilities.
A casual fine-dining restaurant in the historic Canton Hotel. Reservations recommended.
Sisson's Country Inn
Large bedrooms, most with private baths. 1st floor is wheelchair accessible. Meeting room with kitchen available. On-site catering for groups by reservation.
Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive
Fulton County offers unusual beauty of the colors throughout the Spoon River Valley, which inspired founders to hold the first Fall Festival and to organize the Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive. The first weekend of the Scenic Drive brought large crowds and a second consecutive weekend was held in October 1968. The Scenic Drive's Fall Festival has since been held each year during the first two full weekends of October. Fulton County's Spoon River Valley country offers much to the visitor during the Fall Festival and during other seasons of the year. While there are many attractions a visitor may find interesting, a few highlights may include the lone dam on the Spoon River at Bernadotte, a public boat dock at London Mills, the historical Ellisville Opera House, and the breathtaking scenery along the entire route of the Spoon River. Foods have become a tradition during the Fall Festival such as apple butter made before your eyes at London Mills, baked potatoes and hot cider at Farmington, chicken and noodles at Smithfield's Red Brick School, funnel cakes in Lewistown, baked goods in Duncan Mills and the famed ham in Ellisville. Visitors to the area are welcome to join us on the highways and byways of Fulton County which sport the colors of the four seasons and are open to visitors year around with routes running through London Mills, Farmington, Fairview, Ellisville, Smithfield, Cuba, Canton, Avon, Lewistown, Bernadotte, Duncan Mills, Waterford Township, Ipava and Astoria. These routes cover more than 100 miles in Fulton County.
Annual Chili Cookoff
The Annual Chili Cook-off is a popular fall event that features area chefs preparing their favorite chilies. The celebration gives patrons the chance to sample some great chilies and vote for their favorite, while enjoying live music and locally produced wines. Enjoy a hot bowl of chili on a colorful fall day at Hill Prairie Winery.
Fall Festival & Fish Fry at Hill Prairie Winery
The Fall Festival & Fish Fry is the perfect way to kick off fall in the beautiful rolling hills of Hill Prairie Winery. Enjoy the spectacular fall colors while enjoying fresh fried fish along with your favorite wines. Two great bands play each day. Check out their website for a full calendar of festivals and live music on Sundays at Hill Prairie Winery.
The Ironstone Room
The Ironstone Room is a quality restaurant located at Willett's Winery & Cellars. Featuring Executive Chef Kevin Roecker who provides quite a culinary experience.