Visitors Guide to Area Attractions
in Calhoun County, Illinois
   
Calhoun County is at the tip of the peninsula formed by the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers and is surrounded by water on three sides. Four ferries and the Joe Page Bridge supply access to the area which has retained a unique rural charm. Visitors in search of nature will find the Two Rivers Wildlife Refuge, the Mississippi River State Fish & Wildlife Area, and the McCully Heritage Project. If youíre a history and early architecture buff visit the Center of American Archeology and the Brussels Historic District. Nature provides a brilliant display in the fall and Bald Eagles visit the area in the winter. 
   
   
Calhoun County Ferries   Calhoun County is almost completely surrounded by water and one of the main modes of transportation into the region is the ferries that cross the Illinois and Mississippi rivers. Two ferries are free of charge and two are toll ferries.
Calhoun County
Historical Society
Museum
Hardin Farm Bureau Building
Hardin, IL
618-576-2660
  Small museum with many artifacts covering life in Calhoun County's past. Open Wednesdays 8 am - 4 pm and Fridays 9 am - 12:30 pm
   
Two Rivers
National Wildlife Refuge
County Road 1
Calhoun County, IL
618- 883-2524
  The Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge consists of a variety of habitats and is a major migration corridor for waterfowl, bald eagles and other birds. The refuge is closed mid-October to mid-December, but the office/visitor center is open weekdays and some weekends during that period.
   
Center for American
Archeology

Highway 100 and Oak Street
Kampsville, IL
PO Box 366
618-653-4316
  The historic Kamp Store serves as home for the Center for American Archeology Visitor's Center. Named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994, the Kamp Store was a center of economic life along the rural river way. The Visitorís Center displays exhibits and artifacts that document the prehistory of the surrounding area, one of the world's most archeologically rich regions - the "Nile of North America."
   
McCully Heritage Project
Off of IL-100
South of Kampsville, IL
618-653-4687
  Located about 1 mile south of the Kampsville Free Ferry off of the Great River Road, the Project consists of 940 acres encompassing woodlands, prairie, wetlands, and agricultural land. With over 15 miles of hiking trails traveling through this diverse terrain, the area is truly a hikerís delight. Facilities include handicapped-accessible restrooms, a pavilion, picnic facilities, ample parking, two fishing ponds, a restored wetland with a boardwalk, and prairie plots. The Project is perfect for picnicking, bird watching, nature photography and turtle watching.
   
Mississippi River State
Fish & Wildlife Area
  15 wildlife management areas and 11 public access areas in 3 counties, spanning more than 24,000 acres, and scattered along 75 miles along the Mississippi and Illinois rivers.
   
Joe Page Bridge
Hardin, IL
  The Great River Road crosses the Illinois River at Hardin using the vertical lift Joe Page Bridge with a lift span of 308 feet 9 inches long. Dedicated in 1931, the bridge is named after Joseph M. Page (1845-1938). Page served in the Union Army during the Civil War and was elected Mayor of Jerseyville five times.
Hidden Valley
3 miles North of Hardin, IL
  Route 100
618-576-9036
Tom Ringhausen Orchards
Hardin, IL
  Route 16 & Route 100
618-576-2311
     
Nearby Attractions

Elsah and Grafton
  Southeast of Calhoun County, along the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway lies the real river towns of Elsah and Grafton. The entire town of Elsah has been designated a historic district and is home to a number of Bed and Breakfasts. Grafton is situated at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers and is known as "The Winter Home of The Bald Eagle" due to the number of good eagle watching sites in its proximity.

Jerseyville Area
  East of Calhoun County lies the towns of Jerseyville and Otterville. Visit the Historic Courthouse Square, the Fulkerson Mansion, and the Cheney House in Jerseyville. The Hamilton Primary School, the first integrated school in the country, is in Otterville.

Pere Marquette State Park
  Located 5 miles west of Grafton on the Scenic Byway, 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. There are plenty of year round activities including hiking, bird watching, fishing and horseback riding.
     
For Travelers Heading Across the River
  Meeting the Missouri River
The two longest rivers of the United States, the Missouri and the Mississippi, meet at St. Charles County, Missouri. The Historic St. Charles downtown area offers visitors a variety of attractions including the Lewis and Clark Boat House and Nature Center, The Foundry Art Centre, and Missouriís First State Capitol. Nearby is Confluence State Park and the Daniel Boone Home.
For Travelers Heading Up River
  Missouri's Lincoln Hills
The Lincoln Hills region of Missouri north of St. Louis is often called the Northern Ozarks. In the north is Hannibal, which conjures up images of the steamboat era and has become virtually synonymous with Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer, and Huck Finn. South of Hannibal is the Little Dixie Scenic Byway that travels atop limestone bluffs and through the real river towns of Clarksville and Louisiana. At the foot of the Lincoln Hills in Lincoln County is Cuivre River State Park, one of Missouri's largest and most rugged.
   
FEATURED ATTRACTIONS ALONG THE GREAT RIVER ROAD
Historic
Elsah, Illinois
Jacoby Arts Center
Alton, Illinois
Cahokia Mounds
State Historic Site
Pere Marquette
State Park
     



 
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