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Parks & Recreation

When you need a place to get away from it all, beautiful parks and tucked-away treasures await your recreational pursuits. Biking, fishing, camping, hiking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and disc golf are just a few of the activities available just outside your door.

If your idea of recharging includes sweat on your brow, fresh air in your lungs and sunshine on your face, Stephenson County has a great selection of outdoor activities to offer the serenity you crave.

With over 50 miles of hiking and biking trails across the county, pick your path and enjoy the views! The Jane Addams Trail, Lake Le0Aqua-Na State Park, Oakdale Nature Preserve, Krape Park, Hideaway Park, Taylor Park, Evangeline Forest Walk and Tutty’s Crossing are remarkable space to walk, bike and unwind.

Bring your kayak or canoe and put in for a day of beautiful paddling. Pick the shaded scenery of Yellow Creek from Krape Park or the long, winding waters of “Illinois’ Friendliest Paddle” on the Pecatonica River from Winslow to Tutty’s Crossing for up to 30 miles of water trail.

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2022 Design & Placemaking Initiatives January 18, 2022 Happy New Year!  The Design & Placemaking committee (formerly known as the Beautification Committee, more on the name change later) spent time at the end of last year making plans for 2022’s design, placemaking and beautification projects. As such, one of the focus areas for myself as Development Director will be working with the Illinois Main Street organization to become a […]
Labor less this holiday weekend and enjoy Stephenson County September 2, 2021 Labor Day weekend signals the quick approach of fall weather and waning days of summer. In Freeport in Stephenson County there is still much that calls for celebration regardless of season or sentiment. In the pages of this weekly digital events guide, you will find details and ideas to keep you busy with activities to suit all interests and ages. […]