We are the hub of the snowmobile trail and host regular meetings for the Blackhawk Trailblazers Snowmobile Club. We also offer a snowmobile drop area.
Badger State Trail
The southern segment runs for 33 miles from the Illinois border to Purcell Road near the southwest corner of Fitchburg. This segment passes through the communities of Clarno, Monroe, Monticello, Exeter, Belleville, and Basco. Between Monticello and Belleville in the town of Exeter, the trail goes trough the 1,200-foot-long, nearly 120-year-old Stewart Tunnel. Flashlights are recommended for going through the tunnel and bikers must walk their bikes. The surface of this section is crushed limestone suitable for walking, bicycling, and snowmobiling. Bicyclists age 16 and older must have a state trail pass. Winter all-terrain vehicle use will be permitted between Monroe and Monticello on a trial basis. A two-mile segment, yet to be determined, will have a parallel horse trail. Development of this horse trail is contingent on development of 6 miles of horse trail elsewhere in the area. See the current conditions page for a list of all trail uses and to see what is open now. There is a lot you can do at our course.We have a great bar and dining area. Our meals are fresh and made to order.
We have a scenic golf course with a beautiful pond.You can also hold your events such as graduation parties, wedding parties and other events. Please call for reservations and catering.
Snowmobiling in Northwest Illinois is a wondeful way for teams, families or yourself to enjoy the winter weather. If we have snow, we are the trail hub for snowmobiling. We host regular meetings for the Blackhawk Trailblazers Snowmobile Club. We also offer a snowmobile drop area.Jane Addams Trail
Stretching almost 13 miles from Freeport, Illinois, north to the Wisconsin state line, the Jane Addams Trail is a natural wonder. Expect to see birds and wild animals—from exotic aerial hunters, such as owls and hawks, to run-of-the-mill squirrels and deer. The trail is closed every fall during deer-hunting season, and snowmobiling is allowed when there are at least 4 inches of snow on the trail. (Winter users are encouraged to wear bright-colored clothing so they are visible to snowmobilers.) The trail is named for the renowned humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize winner who grew up in Cedarville, less that 2 miles from the trail. You can visit her childhood home and gravesite in Cedarville.
Starting in Freeport, the crushed-limestone trail enters a heavily wooded area that supports a wide variety of trees and birds, and likely some school groups as well.
The natural attractions make for popular educational field trips.
As you travel from Freeport to Orangeville, you will be able to enjoy many nice views of some jutting rock sides and local creeks. These vistas are peppered among the other wooded areas and more common fields of agriculture that predominate the landscape.