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Horseshoe Mound

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Beautiful area

Have stopped here twice to enjoy the view from Horseshoe Mound. Beautiful views and paths to walk... read more

Reviewed 31 December 2018
Deb P
Chicago, Illinois
What a great way to see Galena and ENJOY nature!

Nicely done; wonderful walk and great info placards about what you are seeing--whether it was... read more

Reviewed 8 November 2018
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“hiking trails”(4 reviews)
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1679 N Blackjack Rd, Galena, IL 61036-9412
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I tried to go there and when we arrived, the gate was closed with a sign that read "temporarily closed." For a park that promises to be open year-round, it was very disappointing. There was a lot of snow on the ground, but again, it...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Michaela M
Reviewed 31 December 2018

Have stopped here twice to enjoy the view from Horseshoe Mound. Beautiful views and paths to walk. Too cold and windy on our second visit to do a walk, but hope to return in the spring.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Deb P
Reviewed 8 November 2018

Nicely done; wonderful walk and great info placards about what you are seeing--whether it was plants/trees, or the flying birds that you may see. Great explanation of the seasonal solstice and use of the viewing area! Great place for FREE to take the kids and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Tabby42
Reviewed 5 November 2018

If your near Galena --this is worth a visit. It's just 5 minutes south of Galena--and a simple drive up the mound. The only time it might be a problem is if it snowed.Otherwise--you don't need a 4 wheel.The folks to put this together should...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank suedo66
Reviewed 28 October 2018

Nice view. Steeeeeep driveway! The sign recommends four wheel drive but there were 2 wheel drive sedans in the lot. Not a lot of hiking trails.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rmhoffman60859
Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

We visited on a cool Friday afternoon. The gps directions & roadsign for ‘horseshoe mound’ led us well. The one lane gravel road was a bit steep & windy but our car didn’t have troubles. There was one other car when we arrived and 2...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Amy_WDM
Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

We hiked the entire place. Warm day in September. Taking pics in a narrow grassy area between the wild flowers and large rocks. Finished photographing, turned around, took A step or two and saw a huge snack move! I might have stepped on it, had...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank ILcornstalk
Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile

You can see for miles and if you walk a little farther you can see the Mississippi. The drive in was rough and there is a sign saying use four wheel drive but we made it up just fine.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank MattP1872
Reviewed 25 September 2018

Great lookout--you can see for miles. The trek up is a little rough, especially as you near the summit--gravel can be slippery, so use caution. We don't have 4 wheel drive but still made it. Interesting history.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank MusicgirlOakLawnIL
Reviewed 8 September 2018

We enjoyed seeing the views. The drive up is on a steep winding gravel road. Caution should be used. There are a few little stations with crank handles that tell about the flora and fauna of the area. Also a few viewing scopes to look...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Emily P
25 September 2017|
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13 March 2017|
Response from Sherry C | Reviewed this property |
I wasn't aware of a chapel, but your question peaked my interest! I found (I think) what you are referring to. Check out Sinsinawa Mound - it's not far from Galena. And now I want to check it out next time we are in the... More
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Response from Tina S | Reviewed this property |
We were there 10/10. Not allot of color. Mainly yellows and green. Would expect weekend of 10/23 or this weekend to be in full color.