Millions of Geocaches Around the World and in Henry County, too!
A popular activity taking hold in Henry County is geocaching. Geocaching is the outdoor adventure of hunting for and finding hidden objects by means of GPS coordinates. Locations to experience this favorite past time are located throughout the county. Finders seek the thrill of the hunt to find hidden treasures and maybe learn something about their surroundings. Some caches may be in plain view, while other take some navigation.
How do I Geocache?
Anyone can Geocache. To start your adventure, simply visit geocaching.com to learn “How To” and set up a free account. This site will give you guidelines on how to properly Geocache and coordinates to areas within Henry County to begin your journey. Happy Hunting!
Currently there are nearly 2.5 million geocaches in the world and 6 million people who hunt for them! Henry County has there fair share, with more caches being added continually.
Bishop Hill, National Historic Landmark, will fill you with a taste of history and is an internationally recognized cultural location. The rich fertile farmland along the banks of the Edward's River became home to the Swedish spiritual leader, Erik Jansson's colony Bishhopskulla. In 1846, this communal society was born from the search of religious freedom. It was a hardy group who developed many firsts in the area, brick making, broom corn for brooms and a railroad.
Today, Bishop Hill is a cultural experience centered on western Illinois' Utopia on the Prairie. It is a State of Illinois Historic site and a National Historic Landmark.
The village and area are home to many of the descendants of the original Bishop Hill colonists. Bishop Hill Heritage Association is dedicated to preserving many of the original buildings which still stand stately and restored to their original appearance. They offer educational programming to instill visitors with a sense of pride in the past, present, and futures.
Travel the back roads to a quiet, serene and calming village that offers, culture, history, shopping, dining, and lodging opportunities. Spend the weekend enjoying one of the many Bishop Hill Festivals featuring, music, art, demonstrations and history! Join us for a cultural heritage day or weekend. Välkommen!
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The Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park, a 104-mile linear park, is a rustic, historic, educational, and recreational jewel spanning five counties and includes the entire width of Henry County with access points in Annawan, Atkinson, Geneseo, and Colona. It offers an up-close look at a fascinating piece of transportation history.
It is popular with bicyclists who ride from town to town exploring the history, dining, lodging, and entertainment possibilities as they travel. The canal multi-purpose recreational trail is a portion of the American Discovery Trail, a 6,800-mile coast-to-coast trail devoted to non-motorized use. It is also part of the Grand Illinois Trail, a 535-mile loop through northern Illinois.
The tree-lined park is a refuge with prairie restorations and wetlands slicing through corn and soybean farmland. Home to diverse flora and fauna, it has become a favorite for bird watchers and prairie enthusiasts. It offers numerous year-round opportunities to boat, hike, bike, fish, ride horseback, snowmobile, ice skate, and cross-country ski.
Explore Henry County's jewel - the Hennepin Canal. Canal Map
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