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Parks & Rec

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.

OUTDOOR ATTRACTIONS

Jane Addams Trail
17-mile recreational trail with beautiful scenery passing through prairie,  wetlands and geologic formations. Bike all the way to Wisconsin!

Oakdale Nature Preserve
133 acres of forests, restored prairies and more than four miles of trails.

Little Cubs Field
A miniature replica of Wrigley Field for baseball fans of all ages.

Championship Golf
Five 18-hole golf courses featuring challenging terrain and remarkable  features.

Krape Park
Located on the west edge of Freeport, Krape Park includes a wonderfully restored antique carousel, 18-hole mini golf course, paddle boat rental as  well as miles of hiking trails.

Read Park
A quad-plex baseball complex is the center of Read Park along with a skate park, swimming pool, basketball and tennis courts.

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