A picture is worth a thousand words. Truer words couldn’t be spoken regarding the beauty infusing Quincy and surrounds. And, if a picture is worth a thousand, then the experience is worth a million.
Below are some pretty paths, rambling routes and awe-inspiring areas worthy of exploration…as well as some intriguing points of interest around the bend. Enjoy.
Spring Valley Trails and Arboretum at John Wood Community College, just southeast of the Quincy campus. Encompasses three small trails, outdoor classroom and wildflower & butterfly gardens.
1301 S 48th St Quincy 217-224-6500
Siloam Springs State Park is a 3,323-acre site with beautifully wooded terrain, and a generous lake…ideal for picnicking, hiking or bird-watching. The park is surrounded by forested gullies and scenic crests with wild roses, black-eyed Susans, white false indigo and snapdragons. Located approximately 30 minutes east of Quincy.
938 East 3003rd Lane Clayton, IL 217-894-6205 dnr.state.il.us
Quinsippi Island in the Quincy Bay is a unique island park of 130 acres, playground, shelter houses, beach and Lincoln-era log cabins. Cross the bridge at Front & Cedar to the entrance.
South Park has 135 acres of rolling hills and walking paths with Curtis Creek trickling through. Playground equipment and grills spread throughout the park for public use, as well as three shelter houses equipped with electricity, picnic tables, drinking fountains, and restrooms.
12th & Harrison Quincy 217-223-7703 quincyparkdistrict.com
Lock & Dam 21 has been winter home to bald eagles since 1938 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places covering 1,075 acres. The best vantage point to see the eagles is from the boat ramp. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPOTS TO SPOT BALD EAGLES
909 West Lock & Dam Rd (off Hwy 57) Quincy 217-228-0890
Great River Road to Nauvoo is a beautiful portion of America’s historic 1938 north-south transcontinental byway, with many scenic stops along the way. Begin your road trip at Quincy’s Tourist Info Center, the Villa Kathrine Castle, Stop #26 on the Great River Road.
532 Gardner Expressway (Villa Kathrine) Quincy greatriverroad-illinois.org
Monument to Women Memorial Garden is a lush 2-acre site, burgeoning with a stunning variety of flora, surrounding inspiring bronze statue vignettes of women and children. Adjacent to the Historic Nauvoo Visitors Center.
350 N Main Nauvoo 217-453-2419 historicnauvoo.net
Pike County has an abundance of natural resources and wildlife infusing its scenic rolling hills. The setting lends itself to a variety of outdoor activities with camping, boating, off-road jeeping, parks, trails, lakes and, of course, its two rivers.
MISSISSIPPI VALLEY WINE TRAIL will wind you to six family-owned and operated wineries in Adams, Pike and Hancock Counties. The guide is complete with map, winery details and recipes & pairings. Take the “Trailblazer Challenge” and visit all six wineries, receiving a signature T-shirt at the end.
Quincy Area CVB 800-978-4748
LOCAL FIX CULINARY GUIDE ushers you to 70 local eateries in the city of Quincy, as well as over the bend and through the woods in our surrounds. The perfect little pocket guide to lead you to out-of-the-way spots while you tool around the countryside.
Quincy Area CVB 800-978-4748