Beautiful bike, hiking and snowmobile trails await at the Jane Addams Trail. Nestled in Northwest Illinois between Freeport and the Wisconsin state line, the trail is 12.85 miles long. A level grade, crushed limestone surface mostly parallels Richland Creek over 21 bridges, past natural wetlands and exposed rock embankments. The trail is your link between the Grand Illinois Trail System and the Wisconsin State Trail system via the Wisconsin Badger Trail. In addition to bike trails, hiking and snowmobiling, the trail is also an optimal environment for cross country skiing. The Orangeville Trailhead offers parking, a picnic shelter with electrical power, water, a barbecue grill and tables. In addition, you'll also find a primitive camping area, pit toilets and nearby food vendors.
Covering 82 acres of tall grass prairie, woodlands, and wetlands owned by the Jane Addams Parkland Foundation, this butterfly farm is quite a sight. You may walk or bike to the walking trails via the Jane Addams Trail. There are four access points along the trail between the IL Route 26 crossing and Brush Creek Road. The closest parking area is at the Orangeville Trail Head, and the first access point is south on the trail about 1 mile —just south past the golf course. There are currently no public restrooms or water facilities at Butterfly Farm, and as you enjoy your visit, please respect the private residence on the property.
This public golf course is located at 2001 W. Saint James Road. Opened in 1999, Brush Creek boasts 9 executive length holes on 3,218 yards of Bermuda grass. The golf course was designed by Peter Kendrick.
Water Tower Park is located at 204 Hancock Drive, in the Highview Estates subdivision. Facilities include a shelter house with picnic tables and electricity, public restrooms and a large playground with play structures for ages ranging from 2 – 14. The park also features a scenic view of the Richland Creek watershed. In addition, the park has a large open field that's ideal for athletic activities.
The elementary school playground is located at 310 South East Street.The playground has a shelter house with picnic tables, playground equipment, softball and baseball fields, as well as a full-sized basketball court.