Illinois River Road
Length: 291.0 mi / 468.3 km
Time to Allow: Seven hours to drive the entire byway, two days per loop for each of seven nature activity loops
The Illinois River Valley imparts feelings of awe at the power of the river winding its way through a land form carved by glacial melt water. Experience the seasonal colors and rhythms of the forests, wetlands, bluffs, and prairies on your own or follow one of seven different nature activity guides.
The Illinois River is home to a wide array of North American birds. In particular, the region is famous for its Bald Eagles.
Winter brings a new range of activities along the Illinois River. The falling snow changes the landscape and presents a different playland to every visitor. While enjoying the winter season, take advantage of the many snowmobiling locations along the Illinois River Road.
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2-Day Trip: Illinois River Nature Trail
See the many unique places along this route. Wander through ancient and modern cities and enjoy the natural wonders of the area. See rare native...