Bureau Junction to Iowa Line (Rock Island)
What a way to travel – about 75 miles, from one major river to another (the Illinois and the Mississippi), all on one newly built trail. The Hennepin Parkway State Trail (a linear state park) offers surcease from the flat, treeless Illinois prairie with a lock-strewn straight course of water and a green tunnel over the old tow path of a canal that was obsolete before it was completed. Quaint towns lie nearby, camping spaces (usually primitive) abound, and history is there for the dipping of your fingers in the water. At Sheffield a comprehensive trail museum more than fills the gaps in your experience of a very unique way to travel through the heart of America. The trail ends in Rock Island, just a bike/pedestrian bridge over the Mississippi River to Iowa.
Motorsports enthusiasts who love to have their adrenaline mixed with octane are sure to love riding the unrestricted trails at Atkinson Motorsport Park’s Gob Hill. Gob Hill encompasses more than 200 acres of Mother Nature’s best-kept secrets such as undiscovered timber, rugged hills, steep valleys, and deep lakes, all in the heart of Henry County. For the more conservative riders, Gob Hill’s perimeter road is over four miles long and offers some beautiful Midwestern vistas. Gob Hill is also home to a children’s dirt track perfect for knee-high dirt trackers and there is a motocross track. Atkinson Motorsports Park hosts several events throughout the year. Families are welcome and on-site camping is available.
- Illinois resident: $11.00
- Out of State Resident: $18.00
- Daily ride: $19.50
- Children under: 10: $10.50 Y
- Year membership check in at office
- lllinois Department of National Resources requires annual OHV Sticker on all ATVs/Dirt Bikes
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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On a road trip and looking for a good place to have breakfast or lunch? Lisa’s place is worth the drive wherever you are traveling from or to!
Down home friendly service features home baked bread and rolls, home cooked soups and entrees. Specials are served daily. When you walk in to take a look at the board or the friendly waitress will share with you. Daily specials range from tacos full of meat and all the trimmings to meat and potato entrees like a hot pork sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy and/or sandwiches like pulled pork in a special sauce. A rare find a family-friendly with down home cooking. Lisa’s Place offers a fun, nostalgic atmosphere in Atkinson, IL. Lots of parking for visitors!
Old Mill Gardens is a small town shop with small town charm.
Decor and offerings change with the season. Spring offers delightful garden art and flowers for your planters. Year round home decor with seasonal features. Located just off historic Route 6 in Atkinson, it’s a show stopper on your journey.
Learn about the agricultural heritage of the area by visiting the Vintage Farm Equipment Museum. The museum houses the many items of vintage farm equipment belonging to the Vintage Farm Equipment Association. Browse through the different sections showcasing different aspects of farm life – from dairy, seed, grain, hay, tools, horses and saws to domestic items used in the home.
Larger items such as plows, harvesting tools and equipment, wagons, cord saws, seed spreaders and pony carts are also on display. Check out the new equipment, including lawn and garden tractors, hit n’ miss engines, wagon lifts – and an antique fire engine from the Atkinson Fire Protection District.
The Association hosts a Vintage Farm Equipment Show every year in September. Besides the museum displays, visitors have a chance to see specialty items such as Coleman stoves, lamps and lanterns, camping stoves of other nations, blacksmiths, millwrights, handcrafts and horse powered equipment.
The Museum is open by appointment or during special events.