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Casper Bluff Land and Water Reserve

#21 of 45 things to do in Galena Features Animals
870 S Pilot Knob Rd, Galena, IL 61036-9315
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Scenic Spot!

The bluff was beautiful. There's a map at the trailhead to help you better understand the... read more

Reviewed 17 April 2017
Rachel O
Beautiful Spot

This location overlooks the river, the bluffs and the countryside. You can reach it by car with a... read more

Reviewed 10 March 2017
robert c
Chicago, Illinois
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870 S Pilot Knob Rd, Galena, IL 61036-9315
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

The bluff was beautiful. There's a map at the trailhead to help you better understand the historical significance of the 'mounds' throughout the land. The views of the mississippi river was great as well. The looped trails were low intensity and wide grassy paths made...More

Thank Rachel O
Reviewed 10 March 2017

This location overlooks the river, the bluffs and the countryside. You can reach it by car with a small walk at the end.

Thank robert c
Reviewed 20 February 2017

What a wonderful way to spend an hour or two with the family! There are two short hikes you can do here with gorgeous views of the Mississippi. We randomly stopped by here on the way to Chestnut Mountain. There were a few other folks...More

1  Thank swcullinan
Reviewed 9 November 2016

Stopped by and was not sure what to expect. But the information guide and signs were very informative. Be sure to gauge the map where you park and notice the path immediately to your left for the thunderbird mound.

Thank Roy & Pamela P
Reviewed 2 October 2016

We were looking for the other end of the Galena trail off of Pilot Knob Road, but we never found it. So we rolled in here to see if we could find access to it. We didn't. But instead we found enjoyable trails, a great...More

1  Thank Patrick A
Reviewed 28 September 2016

We were in the area exploring places off the beaten path, and this was a very nice stop to enjoy some history of the area. Amazing to think that Indians were there so many years ago, as evidenced by the many mounds there. There are...More

Thank Sherry C
Reviewed 12 September 2016

We walked one of the trails, the one which looped around the bird mound. A few hills, beautiful wildflowers, scenic views and a massive amount of mosquitos...but we had bug spray with us! Saturday late morning and we did not even see any other people...More

Thank sebchicago
Reviewed 1 September 2016

Multiple benefits of visiting Casper: grasp the significance of what this area once was, a place that Native Americans thrived and created burial mounds. You do need to make a tiny effort to get there, but it is easy to find about 10 minutes south...More

2  Thank Enjoy_Sharing
Reviewed 17 August 2016

This is a very well maintained park. There were guide books available with a map and information about the area. There are several mounds including a Thunderbird shaped one. A peaceful place to hike.

1  Thank kmm8086
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

My husband and I drove out here on a Monday afternoon while on a visit to Galena. The view of the Mississippi is mostly obscured by trees, at least at the first lookout. He wasn't feeling well enough for a long hike, so we just...More

1  Thank Sand D
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15 October 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
19 July 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.