Fall Driving Tours

The crisp bite of fall is in the air — you can almost taste the apple cider and doughnuts and smell the leaves burning in the fresh cool air. Stephenson County is well known for its rolling countryside and rustic farms, but another one of our great treasures is the beautiful old trees that grace the highways and byways of this county; legend has it that Johnny Appleseed planted many of these trees himself. Of course, when you combine autumn, beautiful old trees, rustic farms and rolling hills — you have a wonderland for fall drives.

As a starting place for all of our self-guided driving tours, we suggest that you begin at the Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center, 4596 US Highway 20 East, Freeport. We also suggest that you pick up a Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Guide, “Come on in…the door is open!”, which will give you additional details about the attractions and businesses on the tours as well as maps to follow.

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Pecatonica River Water Trail

Discover Illinois’ Friendliest Paddle.

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