Horseshoe Mound

1679 N Blackjack Rd, Galena, IL. In addition to scheduled firearms seasons, the preserve will be closed December 28-31, and January 12-14, 2024 for hunting lease obligations.  We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Located at the eastern gateway to the historic city of Galena, the nearly 200 acre Horseshoe Mound offers the public opportunities to enjoy one of the most scenic properties in all of northern Illinois.

Horseshoe Mound Preserve features a central gathering area, viewing scopes, and scenic outlooks with views across three states. Hiking trails extend throughout the property and offer panoramic views of the city of Galena, distant views of Bellevue and Dubuque in Iowa, the Mississippi River, and several other geological mounds in Iowa and Wisconsin.

In 2021, the new Spiroff Overlook was opened at the north end of the preserve. A trail now winds through a restored oak savanna and unique rock outcroppings to stunning views of the surrounding countryside, downtown Galena, and beyond into Iowa and Wisconsin. To reach the Spiroff Overlook, head north on the trail from the main gathering circle.

For those with young kids, the Dorte Breckenridge Children’s Adventure booklet is available at the kiosk. It tells the story of twins, Neto and Natalia, who learn about the history, geology, and natural wonders of Galena and the Driftless Area during their time travels.  Looking to save some paper?  The adventure is available here: HSM Adventurev1 2021.