Bison at Nachusa Grasslands

2075 Lowden Road ​Franklin Grove, IL 61031

Bison can be viewed from outside the bison fenced units only. The bison roam across 1,500 acres of rolling land and are often not visible from the road. Binoculars are helpful. No hiking is permitted…

Byron Forest Preserve

7993 North River Road, Byron, IL

The Byron Forest Preserve District is located on the rolling hills along the Rock River in Byron, Illinois. With many acres of prairie and woodlands, you don’t want to miss this beautiful setting during all…

Castle Rock State Park

1365 W Castle Road, Oregon, IL 61061

Castle Rock State Park is located along the west bank of the Rock River in Ogle County, three miles south of Oregon, on Ill. Rt. 2. The park is centrally located in the Rock River…

Franklin Creek State Natural Area

1872 Twist Road, Franklin Grove IL 61031

A short 15 mile drive south from Oregon on country roads is the Franklin Creek State Natural Area, one mile northwest of the village of Franklin Grove. The beautiful Franklin Creek flows throughout the 664-acre…

Lowden Miller State Forest

1365 W Castle Road, Oregon, IL 61061

An equestrian parking area and designated horse trails are available. For information on the equestrian program and trail usage, contact Castle Rock State Park at (815) 732-7329. Nestled in the Rock River Valley, just 3…

Lowden State Park

1411 N River Road, Oregon, IL 61061

One of the most picturesque sites along the Rock River is just north of Oregon in Ogle County. Legend has it that Chief Black Hawk, as he left the area after the Black Hawk War,…

Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center

1834 S IL Route 2, Oregon IL 61061

Providing a variety of programs to youth and adults, families and congregations, while connecting the Word of God with the World of God. LOMC is 640 acres of hills, prairies, ponds and forest. A beautiful…

Nachusa Grasslands

2075 Lowden Road ​Franklin Grove, IL 61031

The 3,500-acre Nachusa Grasslands preserve consists of large remnant prairie, woodlands, and wetlands being reconnected through habitat restoration to create one of the largest and most biologically diverse grasslands in Illinois. Working hand–in–hand with Conservancy…

Stronghold Camp & Retreat Center

1922 Illinois Route 2 North, Oregon IL 61061

Stronghold is a beautiful 360 acre property across from the boat launch, about a mile North of town. Home to The Strong Castle, extensive trails, a 9-hole Frisbee Golf course and Hammock City. To stay…

White Pines State Park

6712 West Pines Road Mt. Morris IL 61054

Located in the heart of the Rock River valley, the 385-acre White Pines Forest State Park is the south boundary of the historic Chicago-Iowa Trail. Today, the park is perfect for family getaways to enjoy…