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Galena River Trail

91 Bouthillier St, Galena, IL 61036


A scenic 8.8 mile (one way) trail along the Galena River, just minutes from downtown Galena.

The hard surfaced finely crushed rock trail is perfect for hiking, biking, cross country skiing or a simple stroll. It features beautiful views of the Galena River and towering bluffs. 

The trail is built in the footprint of the Burlington Railroad main line that was constructed in 1886, the route links Galena with Galena Junction along the Mississippi River. While the trains stopped running about 60 years ago, you can still spot old signal foundations along the way. 

If you complete the 8.8-mile stretch, you will reach Chestnut Mountain Resort where you can take a chair lift to the restaurant to enjoy a refreshing drink overlooking the Mississippi River.  

What's happening nearby...

Live @ The Plaza Events

Green Street Plaza •  May 30 @ 5PM

Visit the Plaza to enjoy live music, food trucks, and community!

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2024 Galena Pride Picnic

Grant Park •  Jun 08 @ 12noon

Celebrate diversity, love, and unity at Galena's annual Pride Picnic, organized by the Galena Public Library!

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Great Galena Balloon Race

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa •  Jun 21 – Jun 23 @ 5PM

Hot Air Balloon Race and Festival in Galena!

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