Where is the Illinois River Road?
Traversing both east and west sides of the Illinois River from Ottawa, 150 miles south to Havana, the Illinois River Road has spurs to the communities of Princeton and Canton. The Illinois River Road corridor has over 100 natural and historic sites and numerous unique communities located throughout its 10-county region.

The Scenic Byway is conveniently located between Chicago and St. Louis, but just far enough to get away from it all. So get off the beaten path and see what the Illinois River Road has in store for you!

  
  

Explore the Illinois River Road Nature Sites Select a Site below . . .

Come and experience all the nature, beauty and adventure the Illinois River Valley has to offer. Explore over 100 nature-related sites throughout the Illinois River Valley between Ottawa and Havana. Visit our gateway communities and points in-between, along the Byway and enjoy unique dining, comfortable lodging and eclectic shopping. Whether your destination lies along the Illinois River Road or the route is part of your journey, you'll love the trip!

Select a Community OR Interest below to view related points of interest along the Byway.



 


 

620 E. Boy Scout Road, Chillicothe, IL 61523
Camp Wokanda, acquired from W.D. Boyce Council of the Boy Scouts of America, offers a beautiful 316-acre woodland setting, including a lake for fishing. The camp, with dining ...View Details.
Phone: 309-686-3360
Area: Chillicothe
Site Access: fee for camping
GPS: 40.84193, -89.58304 Map It!

19031 E CR 2110N, Havana, IL 62644
Owned and operated by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, this 4,480-acre site contains elements of several habitats: Oak-hickory forest, riparian forest, floodplain shrub, mars...View Details.
Phone: (309) 535-2290
Area: Havana
Site Access: free
GPS: 40.36270, -89.98904 Map It!

North Galena Road (Route 29), Peoria, IL
Peoria Park District's 740-acre Detweiller Park is a popular multi-use destination for folks who enjoy golfing, soccer, volleyball, hiking, birding, fishing, and boating. Detw...View Details.
Phone: (309) 681-2902
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.78904, -89.59216 Map It!

State Rt. 78/97 , Lewistown, IL 61542
Derived from an Indian name for ...View Details.
Phone: (309) 535-2290
Area: Lewistown
Site Access: free
GPS: 40.30547, -90.08533 Map It!

304 N. Main Street/Fondulac Drive, East Peoria, IL 61611
Winding high along the top of one of East Peoria's bluffs is the scenic Fondulac Drive, a three-mile route that is owned and maintained by the Fon du Lac Park District. Nestl...View Details.
Phone: (309) 699-3923
Area: East Peoria
GPS: 40.668493, -89.576902 Map It!

5809 N. Forest Park Drive, Peoria , IL 61614
Seven miles of hiking trails traverse bluff forestland and a restored prairie through this designated state nature preserve. Over 100 woodland bird species use the park as mig...View Details.
Phone: (309) 686-3360
Area: Peoria
Site Access: free
GPS: 40.75701, -89.57480 Map It!

2218 N. Prospect Road, Peoria , IL 61603
Designed by the legendary gardener Oscar F. Dubuis and dedicated in 1896, Glen Oak Park is the focal point of northeastern Peoria and home to the Peoria Park District headquar...View Details.
Phone: (309) 681-2902
Area: Peoria
Site Access: free; fee
GPS: 40.71707, -89.57568 Map It!

Grandview Drive & Route 29, Peoria, IL 61603
Named the "World's Most Beautiful Drive" by Theodore Roosevelt when he visited Peoria on October 10, 1910, Grandview Drive Grand View is revered as one of the most beautiful d...View Details.
Phone: 309-681-2902
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.4331, -89.3314 Map It!

100 W. Main Street, Havana, IL 62644
Bordered by the east bank of the Illinois River this linear park possesses an ample walking trail shaded by the park's large riparian trees. On the park's bluff (at the termin...View Details.
Phone: 309-543-6240
Area: Havana
Site Access: free
GPS: 40.30024, -90.06539 Map It!

The community of Liverpool was founded in 1836 as a commodity loading site for Illinois River freight boats destined for markets in Chicago to the north and St. Louis to the s...View Details.
Phone: (309) 547-2501
Area: Canton
GPS: 40.390775, -90.000859 Map It!

Route 178, Utica, IL 61373
Donated to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources by the F.W. Matthiessen family in 1943, Matthiessen State Park is comprised of nearly 2,000 acres of prairies, bluff an...View Details.
Phone: 815-667-4868
Area: Utica
Site Access: free
GPS: 41.295027,-89.025307 Map It!

Front Street, Pekin, IL
With a viewing platform, picnic and parking area, this small urban park provides a great place for viewing winter eagles. They also host an annual Eagle Census Festival across...View Details.
Area: Pekin
GPS: 40.57015, -89.65384 Map It!

Water Street on the Peoria Riverfront, Peoria, IL 61602
Graced with attractions and venues for people of all ages and all walks of life, the Peoria RiverFront District has cultural, entertainment, dining, antiquing, residential, hi...View Details.
Phone: (309) 671-5555
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.687526, -89.591571 Map It!

N. River Beach Drive between Cedar Hills Drive (Rome) & Cedar Street (Chillicothe), Chillicothe, IL 61523
This narrow roadway stretching from just south of Cedar Hills Drive in Rome taking travelers to Cedar Street in Chillicothe is part of the original Illinois River Road, and pr...View Details.
Phone: (309) 274-3107
Area: Chillicothe
GPS: 40.919270, -89.484429 Map It!

Mossville Road, Peoria, IL 61603
This wild, undeveloped 680-acre park has several narrow, informal paths that lace the site, along with a substantial segment of the better-developed Pimiteoui Trail. The park...View Details.
Phone: (309) 681-2902
Area: Peoria
Site Access: free
GPS: 40.82097, -89.59724 Map It!

100 Park Blvd., Chillicothe, IL 61523
Located in Chillicothe on the west bank of the Illinois River the park is an excellent place to view wintering Bald Eagles. The focal point of the park is a 19th-century clubh...View Details.
Phone: (309) 274-3409
Area: Chillicothe
Site Access: free
GPS: 40.90374, -89.49135 Map It!

Singing Woods Road, Peoria, IL 61603
For centuries native people have benefited from the diversity of this rich woodland, today the Peoria area benefits from the preservation of this exceptional 700-acre nature p...View Details.
Phone: 309-686-3360
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.859025, -89.603648 Map It!

Route 71 & Route 178, Utica, IL 61373
Starved Rock is one of the premier natural areas in the Midwest. There are 18 canyons cut by melting glaciers at the end of the ice age. They sparkle seasonally with waterfall...View Details.
Phone: 815-667-4726
Area: Utica
Site Access: free; fee
GPS: 41.309139, -88.988893 Map It!

Hennepin Farms Road and Route 26, Hennepin, IL 60604
The historic - but now rare - Illinois landscape of backwater lakes, wetlands, prairies, fens, and seeps now flourishes on former corn and soybean fields along the Illinois Ri...View Details.
Phone: (312) 922-0777
Area: Princeton
Site Access: free; dawn-dusk
GPS: 41.21619, -89.32144 Map It!

State Route 78/97, Lewistown, IL 61542
TNC has embarked on one of the largest wetland restoration projects in the U.S. Beneath the nearly 7,000 acres of plowed cropland was a dormant seed bank of prairie, hardwood ...View Details.
Phone: (309) 547-2730
Area: Lewistown
GPS: 40.35838, -90.08587 Map It!

Routes 29 and 17, Sparland, IL 61520
This 41-acre wetland restoration project was initiated by Ducks Unlimited and then turned over to IDNR. In addition to its benefit to migrating waterfowl, the Wightman Lake p...View Details.
Phone: (309) 246-8351
Area: Peoria
GPS: 41.022585, -89.437294 Map It!