Horseshoe Mound Preserve

Located at the eastern gateway to the historic city of Galena, the 40-acre Horseshoe Mound offers the public opportunities to enjoy one of the most scenic properties in all of northern Illinois.

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Latitude: 42.39754 Longitude: -90.40485 Elevation: 767 ft
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Recreational Opportunities

In 2014, JDCF opened Horseshoe Mound Preserve featuring a central gathering area, viewing scopes, and scenic outlooks with views across three states. Hiking trails extend throughout the property and offer close views of the city of Galena, plus distant views of Bellevue and Dubuque in Iowa, the Mississippi River, and several other geological mounds in Iowa and Wisconsin.

Check the calendar of events at or for special stargazing evenings and guest speakers!

Seasons Accessible

Spring, Summer & Fall


Donations accepted

Accessibility Notes

There are 3 handicap accessible parking spots, a port-a-potty and a gravel trail for accessibility. There is an incline to access the preserve.

Pet Friendly Notes

The local shelter, Safe Haven, has teamed up with the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation to provide baggies to clean up after your dog.

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