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Horseshoe Mound

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Great area to gather and/or hike. High on a hill with lookouts everywhere and viewing scopes to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Huntley, Illinois
Worth it.

Beautiful views and just all and all just some walking around on top of a big hill. But I will go... read more

Reviewed May 11, 2019
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“gravel road”(15 reviews)
“hiking trails”(4 reviews)
“wheel drive”(3 reviews)
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1679 N Blackjack Rd, Galena, IL 61036-9412
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Great area to gather and/or hike. High on a hill with lookouts everywhere and viewing scopes to get up closer. Reading plaques that are great learning tools. Perfect for families and those that want easy light hikes with terrific views of Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Georgia04
Reviewed May 11, 2019 via mobile

Beautiful views and just all and all just some walking around on top of a big hill. But I will go back it was so nice.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed April 13, 2019

Great views of the area and Mississippi River plus nice place to walk. You have 360 degree vistas to enjoy.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank GloriaM1213
Reviewed April 1, 2019

great view – windy; long and steep dirt road leading up to the top; views made it worthwhile; may be better tackled with an SUV due to the dirt road and steep grade

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Big_bro_1_usa
Reviewed February 21, 2019

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 December 31, 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 November 7, 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 November 4, 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 October 28, 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 October 21, 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
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Emily P
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Jim B
March 12, 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.