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Cooke Overlook Trail

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0.2 mile 0.3 kilometer point to point
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Ascent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -43' -13 m
High: 1,069' 326 m
Low: 1,026' 313 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)

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A short trail with breathtaking views of the Mississippi River and downtown Galena!

Jim Johannsen

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly This route is short and pleasant, leading to a scenic viewpoint.

Open dawn to dusk. Closed while there's snow on the ground.

Description

This short trail ends at the John and Marge Cooke Overlook with views of the Mississippi River in the distance! The route is well defined, making it easy to follow as you make your way to the beautiful overlook.

The Horseshoe Mound Preserve is owned and maintained by a nonprofit organization, so be sure to leave a donation in the box at the kiosk!

Flora & Fauna

Prairie wildflowers and oak savanna dominate the landscape surrounding the trail.

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#12,296

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The Council Ring is the perfect place to spend a summer day.
Feb 15, 2017 near Galena, IL
The Mississippi River meanders in the distance on a beautiful fall day.
Feb 13, 2017 near Galena, IL
Cooke Overlook offers spectacular views as the trees erupt in their warm fall colors.
Feb 13, 2017 near Galena, IL
On the summer solstice, the stones in the Council Ring align with the setting sun.
Feb 15, 2017 near Galena, IL

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