Jo Daviess County to Hanover Bluffs

Section 9 Overview:

This portion of the GIT traverses the “Driftless Area,” a region that escaped the glacial periods of the last 1-million+ years. You will change elevation from 1,080 feet at the ridgeline to 580 feet along the Mississippi River. Galena is thick with historic sites and diverse services. The south end of this section of the GIT follows the base of the Hanover Bluffs.


Go Direction On Distance (mi)
Start: East Canyon Rd & Rte 78
W East Canyon Rd to Apple River State Park to T-intersection (camping to the right) 3.5
L S North Canyon Rd–Turn right on unmarked road just before the bridge (East Canyon Rd) 0.1
R W E Canyon Rd to T-intersection at Broadway (unmarked)
L S Broadway Rd 3.7
R W Unmarked road (Townsend Rd) 0.6
R NW N Scout Camp Rd 0.3
L W Schapville Rd to T-intersection 7.0
L S Scales Mound Rd 0.8
R NW W Rawlins Rd/W Guilford Rd (at 4.6 miles stay on Guilford Rd, don’t take Miner Rd) 5.8
L W W Stagecoach Trail to north end of Galena downtown to north end of Galena downtown 3.2
From south end of Galena downtown, take Rte 20 east across Galena River to N Blackjack Rd 0.3
R S N Blackjack Rd 4.2
R SW Pilot Knob Rd. to bottom of bluff across RR tracks 3.8
L SE River Rd. 1.1
L E Sandhill Rd. up the bluff 0.5
R S Blackjack Rd. 1.4
R S S Blanding Rd to bottom of hill at Blandings Landing (Turn right, 1 mile to reach Army Corps Campground). 3.2
L SE W Blanding Rd 4.0
R S Whitton Rd 5.5
R SE Rte 84 to intersection with Rush Rd 0.6