Land of Lincoln Route

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Since the Driftless area just touches the northwest corner of Illinois, we have only created one Illinois route; the Land of Lincoln Route. While most of Illinois is flat or contains gently rolling hills, this part of the state displays the same contours as the rest of the Driftless Area.  Two of the areas more popular roads are Blackjack Road and Stagecoach Trail. Both are featured on this route.  In addition to all of the great roads, this route is also home to many historical sites and museums. Galena, obviously, has great historical significance, but don’t overlook the Apple River Fort in Elizabeth, and the Blackhawk Battlefield Park near Stockton. This route also takes you past Charle’s Mound which is the highest natural point in Illinois.  The Land of Lincoln Route also boasts 2 waterfalls; Apple Canyon Falls and Thunder Bay Falls. There are also many scenic parks such as Mississippi Palisades State Park and Point Rock Park in Mount Carroll.  While this route is mainly in Illinois, it does take a brief excursion into Wisconsin to visit Hazel Green and New Diggings as well as to explore Wisconsin Rustic Road #66.
NOTE:  While all of our routes were created utilizing paved roads, we are not able to keep up with road conditions throughout the entire Driftless Area.  It is up to each rider to assess road conditions and their own abilities in order to assure rider safety.
Land of Lincoln Route (pictured above): ~230 miles; 6.25 riding hours.
Land of Lincoln Lite Route (not pictured): ~200 miles; 5.5 riding hours.
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ATTRACTIONS:
  • Galena:  Horseshoe Mound Overlook, Chestnut Mountain Resort, Jo Davies County Courthouse, President Grant’s Home, Casper Bluff Reserve, Sculpture Park
  • Elizabeth:  Long Hollow Scenic Overlook, Apple River Fort, Chicago Great Western Railroad Museum, Mini Stonehenge, Giant Shark
  • Savanna:  Army Depot, Black Oak Dune Overlook, Mississippi Palisades Park, Havencrest Castle, Train Car Museum
  • Hazel Green:  Dinosaur Sculptures
  • Stockton:  Minions, Pizza Man Statue, Blackhawk Battlefield Park
  • Council Hill:  Council Hill Station
  • Scales Mound:  Charles Mound, One Formula Racing
  • Apple River:  Apple River Canyon Falls, Apple River Canyon State Park
  • Sinsinawa:  Sinsinawa Mound Center
  • Mount Caroll:  Point Rock Park, Raven’s Grin Inn
  • Wisconsin Rustic Road #66