Where is the Illinois River Road?
Traversing both east and west sides of the Illinois River from Ottawa, 150 miles south to Havana, the Illinois River Road has spurs to the communities of Princeton and Canton. The Illinois River Road corridor has over 100 natural and historic sites and numerous unique communities located throughout its 10-county region.

The Scenic Byway is conveniently located between Chicago and St. Louis, but just far enough to get away from it all. So get off the beaten path and see what the Illinois River Road has in store for you!


Nature Sites In and Around East Peoria

The Illinois River channel widens out considerably here at the latitude of Peoria County, prompting local Indians to dub it, Pimiteoui ("fat lake"). Beyond the river itself, perhaps the most captivating scenery involves the high bluffs lining both sides of the 5-7 mile wide river valley here. Between mid-October and early November these densely forested, sugar maple-dominated bluff slopes are an astonishing fall color mosaic of yellows, oranges, salmons and ruby-reds. Up-close views of these majestic bluff forests can be seen at area parks such as Detweiller, Robinson and Camp Wokanda.

A tiny by brilliant gem is Bennett's Terraqueous Gardens, a small bluff-side seep just off of State Route 116 in East Peoria, which contains a small marsh, woodland trail and charming learning station.

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2600 N. Main, Access Road #6, East Peoria, IL 61611
Bennett's Terraqueous Gardens is a high-quality seep that lies at the base of deeply dissected bluffs and hills bordering the east side of the Illinois River. The seep communi...View Details.
Phone: (309) 699-3923
Area: East Peoria
GPS: 40.69594, -89.540055 Map It!

Mariner's Way Road, East Peoria, IL 61611
East Peoria's Riverfront Greenway project is a 1.8-mile walking/hiking trail along the east bank of the Illinois River. Beginning at EastPort Public Boat Ramp, the trail runs ...View Details.
Phone: (309) 699-3923
Area: East Peoria
Site Access: free; fee
GPS: 40.711044,-89.532373 Map It!

1204 Riverside Drive, East Peoria, IL 61611
This eight-acre park located along the Illinois River in downtown East Peoria features a hiking/biking trail and decorative lighting. It's a great place for visitors desiring...View Details.
Phone: (309) 698-4717
Area: East Peoria
GPS: 40.685390, -89.582709 Map It!

201 Veterans Drive, East Peoria, IL 61611
Planned to run from East Peoria to Morton, phase I of this 10-foot wide hard-surfaced hiking/biking trail was completed in 1991, running 4.8 miles north and east out of East P...View Details.
Phone: (309) 699-3923
Area: East Peoria
Site Access: free
GPS: 40.66422, -89.56439 Map It!

Bennington Street, Toluca, IL 61369
In 1893, the Santa Fe Railroad purchased 11,000 acres here, and authorized the Devlin Coal Company to mine the site. Peak production occurred in 1905, with well over 700 worke...View Details.
Phone: 815-452-2536
Area: East Peoria
Site Access: free
GPS: 40.99964, -89.13413 Map It!