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Winston Tunnel Trail is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Galena, Illinois that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is good for all skill levels and is primarily used for hiking and bird watching. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.3 miles Elevation Gain: 301 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

walking

bird watching

forest

rails trails

views

wildlife

muddy

over grown

historic site

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2 months ago

Nice hike- a little up and down, but doable for many. The end of the trail led to the tunnel that was filled with water, very beautiful overall.

4 months ago

Nice, wide, easy trail. Muddy near tunnel with standing water.

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6 months ago

Muddy towards the end, close to the tunnel. Fantastic trail and condition otherwise.

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Mon May 06 2019

easy, short, family friendly trail.

Mon Nov 05 2018

Didn’t get very far because there was a river to cross and we didn’t have boots or waterproof shoes to take that on. Otherwise started out very nice.

Fri Aug 17 2018

Off the beaten path but a nice change for those used to the relatively flat trails of Illinois'. Trail is not kept up very well and had tall vegetative growth when we hiked it. Very cool Tunnel entrance at the end and other abandoned railroad remnants can be found along the way.

Sun Jul 02 2017

It was an awesome hike. Short, but fun nonetheless.

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Sun Jun 25 2017

The trail is a hilly, mowed path that leads to an old railroad tunnel. A nice, short walk, of just over one mile will take you to the tunnel. There are side paths, and no signs along the way, but if you keep taking the most prominent path, you should be fine.

Sat Jun 24 2017

As a moderately in shape person I would definitely rate this trail easy. The tunnel is very cool but you can't explore it at all. The trail is very lush and green and would be perfect for younger and older active people. We did it in under an hour.

Sat Jun 24 2017

A decent hike. Only a couple of spots with the elevation change I was hoping to find. The rest was relatively flat on old railroad trails. Nice for a short hike. The bugs were feasting, even with spray.

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Sat Feb 18 2017

Great family trip. Spooky tunnel at the end!! Go a little deeper for extra adrenaline rush. Be sure and follow the old railroad track to the dead end on the round trip so that you can take an off road, steep, short cut back to the car!!

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Mon Feb 13 2017

We were drawn to this trail because the line ends at an old abandoned railway tunnel - sounds spooky! It was phenomenal! Main trail is easy to follow - no markers but highly used. Plenty of fun game trails to explore the area along with some nice views. Lots of wildlife. Several great steep hills to go up and down along the route. The best were a few old ruins and foundations from when the railway was still running. Although it's a short main trail, there is a lot to see and explore along the way. We were lucky to have a warm winter day so the foliage was thin and there weren't any bugs. I imagine it gets very overgrown in the summer months though. Oh, and the tunnel at the turn-back point did not disappoint! Highly recommended for the seasoned adventure-enthusiast with an afternoon to spend in the hills below Galena.

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