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A nice, easy route with river views that passes near Native American burial mounds.


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Point to Point

694' 212 m

High

671' 205 m

Low

30' 9 m

Up

34' 10 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Open dawn to dusk.

Description

This trail is an easy hike that routes visitors close to the Mississippi River as well as passing Native American burial mounds. The mounds were constructed over 1000 years ago by the Woodland Culture. In summer, the entire site is covered in prairie wildflowers.

Site address is 870 S. Pilot Knob Road, Galena, IL 61036.

The park itself is managed by a non-profit organization, the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation. All trails and amenities are maintained by the donations from visitors, which are accepted at the kiosk by the parking lot.

Flora & Fauna

Views of prairie grasses and wildflowers abound, especially in the spring.

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Shared By:

Jim Johannsen

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Thunderbird Effigy Mound was constructed by Native Americans 1000 years ago, with over a 200 foot wingspan!
Feb 13, 2017 near Galena, IL
The Mississippi River Overlook is a beautiful spot to be in the fall.
Feb 13, 2017 near Galena, IL

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