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Casper Bluff Land and Water Reserve

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Serenity Along the Mississippi

A spectacular view of the backwaters of the Mississippi away if you're willing to walk the short... read more

Reviewed January 15, 2019
Kevin S
Great place for sunsets

Nice park. Had the sunset view to ourselves. Saw two bald eagles. The signage in this park was... read more

Reviewed October 28, 2018
Madison, Wisconsin
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870 S Pilot Knob Rd, Galena, IL 61036-9315
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Reviewed January 15, 2019

A spectacular view of the backwaters of the Mississippi away if you're willing to walk the short distance to the top of the hill where you'll find a lone picnic table. Beautiful in all seasons. There are some very nice trails that loop around or...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 28, 2018

Nice park. Had the sunset view to ourselves. Saw two bald eagles. The signage in this park was horrible.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Rmhoffman60859
Reviewed August 20, 2018

Drove all the way out there and it was kind of a waste. There is a lot of walking and not really sure what we were looking at. I guess just not my thing.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank spatterson8705
Reviewed August 19, 2018

There is more to do in historic Galena, Illinois, that shop along the 10-block shopping mall that is the historic downtown district. And there is more to do that visit the many historic sites, including the homes of Ulysses S. Grant and Elihu Washburne. And...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

This is a beautiful place to visit. It is well maintained. It is a short walk to view the river and the wild flowers are just beautiful!

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank SEBWLO
Reviewed May 8, 2018

This was a great find. Wonderful way to see the river and walk in nature. We enjoyed exploring this area.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank julielr77
Reviewed April 29, 2018

I was most interested in seeing the mounds. There are many mounds on this Mississippi bluff top, especially the Thunderbird, one of only in Illinois. The paths are grass and mowed. It is an easy walk from one end of the reserve to another, mostly...More

Date of experience: April 2018
4  Thank galenavis
Reviewed March 28, 2018

This is definitely a place to come back to; beautiful bluff area above the river, and wonderful areas to walk! Do watch out for squishy driveway when the frost is coming out of the ground, though.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank kmptmp2
Reviewed December 17, 2017

Beautiful bluff nestled in the country overlooking rolling hills and the great Mississippi river. Close your eyes and just listen - THIS is nature at it's core. Even in winter this was spectacle - my wife and I can't wait to return to see the...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank mattyice34
Reviewed December 6, 2017

Beautiful area with view of the Mississippi River. Very easy to miss the entrance. It looked like someone’s driveway. We enjoyed the walk as well as the information provided. Very quiet.

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank Liketraveling0531
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October 15, 2015|
Response from zimmys57 | Reviewed this property |
I was there in July and there were no paved trails. There is a short walking trail from the parking area to the closest bluff and burial mound which you may be able to negotiate. It is not that far at all outside Galena and... More
July 19, 2015|
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Response from christine102262 | Reviewed this property |
There is no admission fee, but you can donate to the organization in the donation box located in the parking lot.