Rock River Cruise

Franklin, Illinois

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Among the many attractions on this ride are the charming town of Oregon, the John Deere Historic Site, and a handful of picturesque parks where you’ll be enveloped in the local scenery. For those with an urge to explore a genuine Illinois prairie, this ride takes you past one of the largest pieces of preserved prairie in the state. The ride starts at Franklin Creek State Natural Area, a lovely park little known outside of the immediate area. Either at the end or the beginning of the ride, be sure to explore the path in back of the parking area. This paved trail follows picturesque Franklin Creek to springs where water emerges from under a rock outcropping on the side of a hill.

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"Among the many attractions on this ride are the charming town of Oregon, the John Deere Historic Site, and a handful of picturesque parks where you’ll be enveloped in the local scenery. For those with an urge to explore a genuine Illinois prairie, this ride takes you past one of the largest pieces of preserved prairie in the state.

The ride starts at Franklin Creek State Natural Area, a lovely park little known outside of the immediate area. Either at the end or the beginning of the ride, be sure to explore the path in back of the parking area. This paved trail follows picturesque Franklin Creek to springs where water emerges from under a rock outcropping on the side of a hill."

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Franklin
Distance: 34.7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Spring, summer, fall
Local Maps: USGS Franklin Grove quad
Driving Directions: Directions to Rock River Cruise

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May 2018