Experiencing May in the Oregon region will blow your socks off! From loud, large spectacles to quiet walks among woodland flowers. Paddle sports, cycling, hiking, golfing, horseback, fine wine, and amazing dog parks for your family’s favorite friend. Below, you and your family will find some early season reasons to visit our unique community and country-side. Or click here for other visitor information for Oregon, Illinois.
Let’s start with… SPECTACLE!
World War 2 comes to Oregon…
May 20, 21 at Stronghold Castle
Let the whole family experience the excitement of hundreds of reenactors representing Allied and German troops on the battlefield. Includes vehicle convoy to downtown Oregon on Friday, May 19th and a U.S.O. Canteen Dance & Show Saturday evening at Stronghold.
Many opportunities to interact with reenactors on site and in character. An enriching event for children of all ages and adults. Includes WW2 aircraft flyover, tanks, and pyrotechnics on the battlefield. Includes special honors and events for Veterans.
Are you ready to get back on the horse?
Visit 200 acres of wooded trails at White Pines Ranch. 3581 W Pines Rd. Oregon, Illinois 61061 815-732-7923
The bridle trails have rolling hills, creek crossings, lots of beautiful hardwood trees, and wildlife. Deer and other wildlife are often spotted. The trails are suitable for beginners but beautiful enough to be interesting for more experienced riders. Lead rides are also available for your small horse enthusiasts. Check out our website for more information on booking your trail ride today!
You belong among the wildflowers!
Visit The Franklin Creek Grist Mill for Free Spring Wildflower Walks. Available select Fridays and every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00pm – 4:00pm through May 2017
Enjoy a spring afternoon viewing the beautiful native woodland flowers at Franklin Creek Grist Mill. Rumor has it that they are the best in Northern Illinois. Call for more details at 815-456-2718 (especially for Friday dates).
The Chamber Spring Wine Event
May 13, 2017 5:00pm to 8:00pm at Stronghold Castle 1922 Illinois Route 2 North, Oregon, Illinois 61061
Capture a rare opportunity to spend an evening with other oenophiles in the Great Hall of this historic castle overlooking the Rock River. Find Premier Drinks, Food, and Entertainment at our annual wine event at Stronghold Retreat & Conference Center. Tickets are $30 at the door and will include an etched wine glass and 8 tasting tickets.
May the Course Be With You!
Break out the clubs for early season coursework. Check out our local greens and upcoming events!
Illinois Route 72 & German Church Road Byron, IL 61010 815 234-4653
The course is a well-conditioned, par 72 bent grass layout that treats golfers to a scenic, challenging and varied mix of tight tree-lined holes, and open links-style holes. Gold Medal Classic May 13, 2017 from 7:30 am to May 14, 2017 10:00 am Tee time start at 7:30 Click here for more info.
3069 N Hill Rd Oregon, IL 61061 815-734-4440
Silver Ridge is an 18 hole public golf course located in Oregon, Illinois. Silver Ridge offers a driving range, golf lessons from a PGA professional, golf outings, banquet rooms and golf merchandise for sale.
Contact Shane at Silver Ridge at 815-734-4440 to schedule your own golf outing today!
216 Sunset Hill Mt. Morris, IL 61054 815-734-4839
The course’s most well know attraction is the 7th hole which is a 100 yard par 3 that requires golfers to hit their shot over a giant ravine known by locals as the Pit. Even the best golfers have managed to ruin their rounds after challenging this hole.
Come out for the Cart Fund Playday on May 20, 2017 8:30AM-1:00PM to have fun and raise money for new carts. Click to register.
Enjoy a friendly game of Disc-golf
At Stronghold Castle 1922 Illinois Route 2 North, Oregon, Illinois 61061
Stronghold has recently added a 9-hole disc golf course. Bring your own discs or use ours. Course maps are available at the front desk and in the Resource Center. Check us out for more information on this and other activities.
Wiggle Field Dog Park
Open seven days a week from dawn until dusk. 304 S. Fifth Street, Oregon, Illinois 61061 815-732-3101
Bring your pup to Wiggle Field Dog Park, an off-leash dog park with a 1 acre fenced area with two separate entrances and exits for safety. The first area is an open running area and the second is an agility training area. All users and dogs must have a permit. Please stop by the Nash Recreation Center to get a permit and receive rules and regulations. Click here for more information.
If You are Ready to Get Back in Touch With Nature
Dust off your tent, and pack up the kiddos to visit White Pines Forest State Park 6712 W Pines Rd # 2, Mt Morris, IL 61054 815-946-3717
Whether you choose an easy walking trail or a more difficult path, three of the seven marked trails are less than a mile long and provide ample opportunity to see the beautiful vine-covered limestone bluffs, blossoming spring flowers and whispering pines. The trails have color-coded markers to aid the hiker in orienteering. A nature trail with a limestone-screened path is accessible for the physically challenged.
Rock River community bicycle night
May 25, 2017 5:00pm-7:00pm 14th St, Oregon, IL 61061 815-732-3101
Bring the whole family for this free event that will promote bicycle safety for participants, families, and vehicle operators alike. Bring your bike to Park West for family fun, prizes, bicycle information and more! And enjoy many of the other park amenities while there.
Ready to pack a backpack and start pedaling?
White Pelican is open for biking business! 201 N 3rd suite 25 Oregon, Illinois 815-263-4088
Ogle County offers many scenic routes in town and countryside. Let White Pelican help you find a route that’s right for you! Ask about Bison Tours and how to explore the grasslands! Click here for rental and tour prices as well as other information.