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.
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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A perfect place to meet family and friends for lunch. Lavender Crest Winery features wine production, a wine tasting room, a gift shop, an espresso bar that serves lunch, and a banquet center that seats 250-300 guests. The banquet room has been host to wedding receptions, business meetings, and Friday events where visitors are invited to listen to music, have a meal, and let the cares of the week disappear. The gift shop and espresso lunch area feature a variety of coffee drinks, mocha, latte, and cappuccino in addition to sandwiches, soup, pastries, and other delicacies. Tours of our production facility are available for $5 per person. Please call to make reservations. Menu
Colona’s Scott Family Park offers RV and tent camping to the public, seasonal and daily rates available. Reserve one of the six wooded forest cabins for family outings or consider one of the two farmhouse condos for larger gatherings. A picture perfect lodge and pavilion is available rent. Bring the family for a getaway to recreational paradise in Colona. Enjoy the Hennepin Canal or Rock River during the day. Kids can swim in the indoor swimming pool, enjoy a miniature putt golf game or head out on the lake to paddle or fish!