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.
#1 Dirksen Park Road, Pekin, IL 61554
This 459-acre site is comprised of oak-hickory forest and open shrubland. Running Deer Trail, an extensive hiking/mountain biking/cross country trail, runs through the park, c...View Details.
301 Lawnridge Drive, Creve Coeur, IL 61610
Fort Crevecoeur Park commemorates French explorer Robert Rene Cavalier de LaSalle's presence here on the east bank of the Illinois River in 1680. The fort was built to protect...View Details.
free; fee for camping, (apr 1- oct 31); hrs: dawn to dusk (apr 1 - dec 31)
#1 Independence Park Road, Marquette Heights, IL 61554
Once used as a proving ground for Caterpillar Inc., this 340-acre site is a model for ecological restoration. Plantings of trees, prairie grasses and forbs are maturing beauti...View Details.
free; hrs: 6am-10pm
33633 IL Route 9, Mackinaw, IL 61755
What started as a dream in the spring of 1997 has developed into a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of today's hectic world. Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, owned and run ...View Details.
#1 McNaughton Park Road, Pekin, IL 61554
McNaughton Park's 850 acres contain some of the most impressive specimens of white oak in the entire Illinois River Valley. This mix of oak savanna and old growth forests is a...View Details.
free, fee for equestrian stable (apr 1- nov 15)
5774 Broadway, Pekin, IL
At just 40 acres, Tante Park is one of the quietest and most secluded of Pekin's natural area parks. Its Woodland Wildflower Trail runs along a creek bank, and past many old g...View Details.
free; hrs: 6am - 10pm