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Head Outdoors in Henry County

Head Outdoors in Henry County
July 7, 2020 Admin

After being stuck indoors for months, new guidelines are in place to allow you to take back the rest of your summer. Whether you want to step out on the trails and enjoy the scenery or set off on a peaceful canoe trip, Henry County offers many fantastic opportunities to explore the great outdoors. Best of all, you can have peace of mind knowing that all activities can take place within recommended safety and health precautions.

Relaxing on the Water

Henry County features a number of fun ways to spend time on the water as the days heat up. With opportunities for swimming, fishing, and boating, there is something for everyone to relax and enjoy some time outdoors.

Scott Family Park offers easy access to explore the Hennepin Canal or Rock River, where you can enjoy a day under the sun by venturing out with a kayak or canoe rental or kick back and move at your own speed in a paddleboat. You can also check out all that we have to offer at the Geneseo Campground, or for those itching to bait a hook again, Johnson Sauk Trail and Hennepin Canal both feature stocked bluegill, walleye, and crappie fishing.

Taking to the Trails

If some time away from home is what you need, look no further than the sprawling miles of trails that Henry County has to offer. Locations such as the Johnson Sauk Trail State Park and Hennepin Canal provide their own unique on-foot outdoor adventures that will satisfy every desire to get out of the house and explore the endless terrain Henry County offers.

Going on a simple walk or bike ride through our many hiking and bike trails is another way to step out of the house and into nature. Hiking is a fantastic way to practice safe social distancing while getting some exercise among nature. For those wanting to travel on two wheels, Adventure Cyclist Association Northern Tier Bike Trail, Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park, and the American Discovery Trail are just a few starting points to explore our 96 miles worth of surfaced bike trails.

Hitting the Links

Another way to enjoy the fresh air this season is playing the beautiful golf courses in Henry County. Baker Park Public Golf Course, Country View Golf Course, Maple Bluff Golf Course, and the Valley View Golf Club offer a unique and challenging golf experience for all ages and skill levels.

For those who prefer to play their golf with discs instead of clubs, Henry County offers disc golf courses as well. Baker Park Disc Golf Course, Chautauqua Park Disc Golf Course, Richmond Hill Disc Golf Course, and Wiley Park Disc Golf Course provide a great variety of 9, 12, and 18-hole challenges for disc golfers ready to improve their game.

Henry County is Open

The transition into Phase IV of the Restore Illinois Plan allow for our wonderful restaurants, hotels, and other businesses to reopen for visitors. With dining options ranging from beers and bakeries to pizzas and pubs, Henry County is a culinary destination sure to satisfy each and every member of your group. Our lodging options: hotels and motels, campgrounds, and numerous bed and breakfasts, are ready to welcome you during your visit. Other businesses including shopping destinations, cultural heritage centers, tours, and event spaces are all beginning to open as well, with protocols in place to ensure a safe experience when you visit Henry County.

Whether you are looking for a peaceful weekend enjoying the sunshine on the waterfront and trails or seeking a unique getaway for shopping and dining, Henry County is ready to welcome you back to make memories that will last a lifetime.