Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway

  • Start: Marseilles, IL
  • End: Topeka, IL
  • Last Modified: 2012-03-21 17:51:33
  • Total Mileage: 291 Miles
  • Number of stops: 26


The Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway preserves the natural river country along the banks of the Illinois River, so visitors can travel the same route as early French explorers. Get close to nature and see just what the Illinois River Road has in store for you. Whether hiking the bluff trails, biking our historic canal towpaths, wetting a fishing line or canoeing in one of the beautifully restored wetlands, or simply enjoying serene wildlife habitats, you’ll be immersed in the rich history and beauty of the Illinois River Valley. Unique communities along the way are host to dining, shopping and historical experiences, as well as festivals and events year-round. For a truly unique treasure hunt, seek out 90 geocaches placed throughout the journey; or pick up our Birding Site Guide and spot Bald Eagles, owls and waterfowl that call the Illinois River Valley home. Your possibilities for adventure are endless.

Stop #1:

Middle East Conflicts Memorial Wall
Marseilles, IL

Stop #2:

Ottawa Riverfront and Confluence
Ottawa, IL

Stop #3:

Spring Lake Nature Park
Streator, IL

Stop #4:

Illinois Waterway Visitors Center
Ottawa, IL

Stop #5:

Starved Rock State Park
Utica, IL

Stop #7:

Red Covered Bridge
Princeton, IL

Stop #8:

Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park
Sheffield, IL

Stop #10:

Henry Riverfront
Henry, IL

Stop #11:

Lacon Riverfront and Marina
Lacon, IL

Stop #12:

Wightman Lake Wetland Management Unit
Sparland, IL

Stop #13:

Shore Acres Park
Chillicothe, IL

Stop #14:

Wildlife Prairie State Park
Hanna City, IL

Stop #15:

Forest Park Nature Center
Peoria, IL

Stop #17:

Bass Pro Shop
East Peoria, IL

Stop #18:

McNaughton Park
Pekin, IL

Stop #20:

Banner Marsh
Canton, IL

Stop #21:

Canton Lake
Canton, IL

Stop #22:

The Nature Conservancy Emiquon Preserve
Lewistown, IL

Stop #23:

Dickson Mounds State Museum
Lewistown, IL

Stop #27:

Jake Wolf Fish Hatchery
Topeka, IL

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