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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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Know Your Audience June 19, 2024 Freeport, greater freeport partnership, Stephenson County Other Partnership staff members and I often get asked to speak to local service organizations about what’s going on in Freeport and Stephenson County. We love these occasions to get out in the community, hear from great people, talk about positive progress, and learn from other perspectives.   Before one such opportunity last week, I was able to join the group […]
Make a Difference: Volunteering Opportunities in Freeport & Stephenson County June 5, 2024 Volunteering is a fantastic way to give back to the community, meet new people, and make a positive impact in Freeport and Stephenson County. Numerous local organizations offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities, ensuring there’s something for everyone interested in community service. One of the prominent organizations is the United Way of Northwest Illinois, which collaborates with various local […]
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