Not only does Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve boast some of the most commanding views of the Mississippi River and its backwater sloughs, it is also an archaeologically significant site. The 85-acre site contains the Aiken Mound Group, named for the nearby community of Aiken. Our knowledge of these mounds stems from 1900, when William Baker Nickerson, an amateur archaeologist who worked for the railroads, documented 51 mounds at this location: 38 long, wall-like structures, 12 conical mounds, and one thunderbird effigy. Nickerson also observed an earth ellipse or hut-ring and two circular depressions. Learn more...
Latitude: 42.360284 Longitude: -90.419152 Elevation: 718 ft
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Interests and Areas of Expertise
I love to be outdoors in any season, hiking, cross country skiing and photography. I'm usually drawn to places my family will enjoy and I love eating out! I'm the Social Media Specialist at the Galena/Jo Daviess County CVB in NW Illinois. Visit our website at galena.org for more information!
I recommend Horseshoe Mound Preserve, it's a great place for hiking with kids and seniors and there are some great photo ops!
Cross country skiing at the Nordic Center at Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa or along the Galena River Trail. Fever River Outfitters can hook you up if you don't have skis or snowshoes!
Hiking paths, bird-watching, nature studies, natural prairie restoration
Open Year Round
Parking is available.
Pet Friendly Notes
Pets are welcome and bags are available to clean up after your dog.
Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation
126 N. Main St.
P.O. Box 216
Elizabeth, IL 61028-0216 US