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Sam Vadalabene Bike Trail 

The Vadalabene Trail is approximately 20 miles of level paved trail that parallels the Great River Road and the center portion of the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway. The trail is named after Sam M. Vadalabene, an Illinois State Senator and proponent of the trail and begins in Alton, travels through the river towns of Elsah and Grafton, and ends at Pere Marquette State Park. Riders, walkers, and joggers will see prairie wildflowers along the trail as well as flowering trees during the spring. Brilliant reds, yellows and oranges compliment the scenery in the fall. For those willing to brave the elements in the winter months should be able to see Bald Eagles soaring over the river and bluffs, or floating down the river on chunks of ice.                    

Village of Elsah Museum

Located in the Elsah Village Hall, which was erected in 1887, and operated by the Village of Elsah and the Historic Elsah Foundation, the Village of Elsah Museum covers the history of the town from its founding by James Semple in 1853. Visitors will find exhibits covering the varied architectural styles found throughout the town, Principia College, nearby New Piasa Chautauqua, and tools and other implements used by past residents. Special exhibits are held periodically.              

TreeHouse Wildlife Center

The TreeHouse Wildlife Center sits on approximately eight beautiful acres near the rural town of Dow. It's become an ideal environment for injured or orphaned animals that need time to recuperate. The property features large outdoor cages for raptors such as eagles, hawks, and owls and mammals like coyotes, indoor havens for permanents residents, and a pond for waterfowl. The Center is open daily to visitors and also offers outreach programs and groups tours.     

Pere Marquette State Park 

Pere Marquette is Illinois' largest state park and is famous for the beauty of its fall colors and as a home for bald eagles in the winter. The park offers its visitors diverse recreational and educational opportunities that encompass the past, present and future. The Visitors Center provides displays that cover the region’s history and the types of environments the visitor can The park has 10 hiking trails that traverse a variety of terrains and horseback riding is offered during the warmer months. The park has year round electric and basic campgrounds. The Lodge consists of both new facilities as well as those constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. All this and more makes Pere Marquette State Park a great place to explore!.                    

River Ferries

The advent of railroads and bridges put most ferries out of business along the Mississippi River, but the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway area has one of the highest concentrations of riverboat ferries in the country. The four ferries that cross the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers into Calhoun and Jersey Counties in Illinois and St. Charles County, Missouri can save time as well as providing scenic river views. The two ferries that cross the Illinois River are free of charge.              

Elsah Historic District

Set in a valley along the Mississippi River between Alton and Grafton, Elsah is often called the "town that time forgot" and in 1973 the entire town was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Although Elsah has been described as the "New England of the Midwest," the village is not a New England prototype derived from 18th century colonial styles. Rather the architecture found in Elsah demonstrates a number of different 19th century styles     
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Sam Vadalabene Bike Trail 

The Vadalabene Trail is approximately 20 miles of level paved trail that parallels the Great River Road and the center portion of the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway. The trail is named after Sam M. Vadalabene, an Illinois State Senator and proponent of the trail and begins in Alton, travels through the river towns of Elsah and Grafton, and ends at Pere Marquette State Park. Riders, walkers, and joggers will see prairie wildflowers along the trail as well as flowering trees during the spring. Brilliant reds, yellows and oranges compliment the scenery in the fall. For those willing to brave the elements in the winter months should be able to see Bald Eagles soaring over the river and bluffs, or floating down the river on chunks of ice.                    

Village of Elsah Museum

Located in the Elsah Village Hall, which was erected in 1887, and operated by the Village of Elsah and the Historic Elsah Foundation, the Village of Elsah Museum covers the history of the town from its founding by James Semple in 1853. Visitors will find exhibits covering the varied architectural styles found throughout the town, Principia College, nearby New Piasa Chautauqua, and tools and other implements used by past residents. Special exhibits are held periodically.              

TreeHouse Wildlife Center

The TreeHouse Wildlife Center sits on approximately eight beautiful acres near the rural town of Dow. It's become an ideal environment for injured or orphaned animals that need time to recuperate. The property features large outdoor cages for raptors such as eagles, hawks, and owls and mammals like coyotes, indoor havens for permanents residents, and a pond for waterfowl. The Center is open daily to visitors and also offers outreach programs and groups tours.     
Learn More

Pere Marquette State Park 

TPere Marquette is Illinois' largest state park and is famous for the beauty of its fall colors and as a home for bald eagles in the winter. The park offers its visitors diverse recreational and educational opportunities that encompass the past, present and future. The Visitors Center provides displays that cover the region’s history and the types of environments the visitor can The park has 10 hiking trails that traverse a variety of terrains and horseback riding is offered during the warmer months. The park has year round electric and basic campgrounds. The Lodge consists of both new facilities as well as those constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. All this and more makes Pere Marquette State Park a great place to explore!                    

River Ferries

The advent of railroads and bridges put most ferries out of business along the Mississippi River, but the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway area has one of the highest concentrations of riverboat ferries in the country. The four ferries that cross the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers into Calhoun and Jersey Counties in Illinois and St. Charles County, Missouri can save time as well as providing scenic river views. The two ferries that cross the Illinois River are free of charge.              

Elsah Historic District

Set in a valley along the Mississippi River between Alton and Grafton, Elsah is often called the "town that time forgot" and in 1973 the entire town was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Although Elsah has been described as the "New England of the Midwest," the village is not a New England prototype derived from 18th century colonial styles. Rather the architecture found in Elsah demonstrates a number of different 19th century styles.     
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