Area Attractions

A wide range of lodging facilities, restaurants, stores, specialty shops and gas stations are available in the communities on or near the trail. For more detailed visitor information, contact the Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center, 4596 US Highway 20 East, Freeport, 815-233-1357



  • Cedarville Cemetery, Mill Street (Jane Addams burial site)
  • Cedarville Historical Museum, 450 W. Second Street, 815-563-4202 (Jane Addams exhibit)
  • Cedarville Skate Park, 430 W. Washington Street, 815-563-4302 (skate park, playground, picnic area)
  • Famous Fossil Vineyard and Winery, 395 W. Cedarville Road, 815-563-4665


  • Freeport Art Museum, 121 N. Harlem Avenue, 815-235-9755 (five permanent galleries, special exhibitions)
  • Generations Brewing Company, 1400 S. Adams Avenue, 815-616-5941 (craft brewery)
  • Historic Downtown Freeport (shops, restaurants, theaters and more)
  • Krape Park, 1799 S. Park Boulevard, 815-235-6114 (carousel, waterfall, miniature and disc golf, picnic areas, playgrounds, boat rental)
  • Lincoln-Douglas Debate Square, Corner of Douglas and State Streets (commemorates 1858 Lincoln-Douglas Debate)
  • Little Cubs Field, 1160 W. Empire, 815-233-1357 (replica of Wrigley Field)
  • Oakdale Nature Preserve, 4433 S. Cranes Grove Road, 815-235-6114 (four miles of trails, nature center)
  • Park Hills Golf Course, 3240 W. Stephenson Street, 815-235-3611 (two 18-hole courses)
  • Read Park, 1200 Park Lane Drive, 815-235-6114 (aquatic center, water slide, skate park)
  • Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad and Silvercreek Museum, 2954 S. Walnut Road (antique steam train rides and historical museum on selected days May thru October)
  • Stephenson County Historical Museum, 1440 S. Carroll Avenue, 815-232-8419 (1857 mansion, one-room schoolhouse, arboretum)
  • Tutty Baker Cabin Site, End of Monterey Street (site of William “Tutty” Baker’s cabin, founder of Freeport)
  • Union Dairy, 126 E. Douglas, 815-232-7099 (old-fashioned ice cream shop)
  • Winneshiek Players, 228 W. Clark, 815-232-7023 (the oldest continuous amateur theater in the country, open by performance)


  • Brush Creek Golf Course, 2001 W. St. James Road, 815-789-4042 (9-hole course)
  • Butterfly Farm, 1045 N. Bellview Road, also accessible from the Trail (83 acres of restored prairie with walking trails)
  • Mighty Richland Players Dessert Theater, IOOF/Masonic Lodge, 203 W. High Street, 815-819-1310 (seasonal amateur theater)
  • Richland Creek Wetlands, Illinois Route 26 and Orangeville Road, 815-789-4416 (adjacent to the trail)

Lodging and Camping


  • Baymont Inn and Suites, 1060 Riverside Drive, 815-599-8510 or 877-BAYMONT
  • Country Inn and Suites, 1710 S. Dirck Drive, 815-233-3300 or 800-456-4000
  • The Hampton Inn, 109 S. Galena Avenue, 815-232-7100 or 800-HAMPTON
  • Super 8, 1551 S. Sleezer Home Road, 815-232-4455 or 800-800-8000
  • Town House Motel, 1156 W. Galena Avenue, 815-232-2191
  • West Motel, 2084 W. Galena Avenue, 815-232-4188

Orangeville Campground, Adjacent to Richland Creek Trailhead (primitive camping on grass lot with trailhead amenities nearby), 815-789-4623

Camping is also available nearby in the villages of Lena, Pearl City and Winslow.

Food and Beverage:
The community of Cedarville offers a gas station/convenience store. Orangeville offers restaurants, a grocery store and a gas station/convenience store. Freeport offers restaurants from fast food to fine dining as well as numerous grocery stores, gas stations and convenience stores. A detailed listing is available from the Visitors Center.

Bike Repair:

  • Freeport Bicycle Company, 120 S. Chicago Avenue, Freeport, 815-235-2014,
  • Tyger’s Pro Bicycle Service, 510 W. Main, Dakota, 815-449-2203
  • PHK Bicycles, 205 N. Adams, Freeport, 815-616-8081,

Trail Merchandise:
Trail merchandise, including shirts and hats, is available at the Freeport/Stephenson County Vistors Center, 4596 US Highway 20 East, Freeport