Other Activities:

TierraLinda is ideal for no-activity, rest, relax, do nothing. Do not watch TV, do not use the phone, sit on a bench in the forest and quietly observe and enjoy Nature. Lie on a hammock or on our sandy beach, enjoy the water lilies and the waterfalls, listen and watch the birds and the frogs and please Do nothing.


Tierra Linda has a sandy beach facing west, ideal for romantic sunsets. There is also a small island, called Tortuga Island, which can be accessed by row boat and by our new and unique suspension bridge.


Weather permitting, here at Tierra Linda we try to have a bonfire going all the time. Just sit, relax and enjoy the smell the wood burning. At night, relax around the bonfire under a fantastic unpolluted sky and a stimulating conversation.

Meteors and Shooting Stars:

You do not know what you are missing if you have not seen these phenomena. On a clear night, sit outside, look up and then. . .you saw one! And then another! And then. . .

Bicycling/Jogging /walking:

The roads around Tierra Linda are lightly traveled and are ideal for bicycling, jogging or walking. Be ready to challenge yourself with the hill above and below Tierra Linda. The Rocky Hill.


Tierra Linda has her own spring fed pond with Tortuga Island. We have a rowboat that may be used for fishing, exercising, or just for a romantic tour of the pond, discovering the many small and large frogs that live here.

Children’s Activities:

Tierra Linda is ideal for youngsters to have a good time. We have the ponds, the waterfalls, the sandy beaches, the frogs, the trails, the bonfires. It is a fun place!


Fishing? You said fishing?. . . then Tierra Linda is the place to do it. You see, prior to fishing in Tierra Linda, I’ve never caught anything. Well in Tierra Linda we guarantee that you will get some of the nicest, healthiest bass, catfish, and blue gills. In Tierra Linda we generally do not practice catch and release, unless you happen to catch one of our Albino Catfish or the fish is too small. We prefer that you use the fish for its intended purpose of being a meal… Our Puppies love to eat the blue gills and we hope that you know how to prepare our delicious bass and catfish.


Tierra Linda has about two miles of trails for your hiking pleasure. The Mississippi Palisades State Park has also several beautiful trails and is only about 30 minutes drive from Tierra Linda. There is also the Schurmeier Forest, 2 miles south of Elizabeth on Reusch Rd.

Winter Sports:

In TierranLinda one can do cross-country skiing, ice-skating, ice fishing, sledding, etc.

Nature Preserves/Trails:

A wide variety of hiking trails exist in Apple River Canyon State Park (north of Highway 20 between Stockton and Warren) and Mississippi Palisades State Park, (on Highway 84, south of Hanover near Savanna).

Snow Skiing:

Chestnut Mountain Ski Resort is only four miles from Tierra Linda. Overlooking the Mississippi River, Chestnut Mountain was ranked one of the top three Midwest ski resorts by Windy City Sports readers. A full-service resort with 17 ski runs, 7 acre terrain park, half-pipe, two quad and three triple chairlifts, night skiing. Ski and snowboard lessons, children’s ski & board program. Ski, snow blade and snowboard rental available.

Horseback Riding:

You can rent horses at the Shenandoah Riding Center 815/777-2373 located in The Galena Territory, 200 N. Brodrecht Rd. Galena.


There are several golf courses within a fifteen-minute drive from Tierra Linda. Golf Magazine rates ‘The General’ at Eagle Ridge in the ‘Top 100 Courses to Play’.

Swimming Pool – Indoor:

At Chestnut Mountain Resort, four miles from TierraLinda.

Swimming Pool – Outdoor:

Alice T. Virtue Memorial Pool & Water Park: North of Galena on Stagecoach Trail, with picnic tables, grills, shelters, restrooms, playground, concession stand, sand volleyball, baseball, softball, horseshoes, pool, water park. Water park: 131-foot water slide, 9,500 square-foot pool, 1,500 square-foot wading pool. The pool is handicapped accessible, with a zero-depth shallow end. Open swimming 12:30 – 4:30 and 5:30 – 8pm. Pool admission: 5 and under $1.25, 6 – 18 $2.75, 19 and over $3.75; Summer: 815/777-0802.


The Galena area has an unusual number of Restaurants for your dining pleasure. We recommend The Backstreet Steak and Chophouse, The Perry Street Brasserie, and Cannova’s.


Jim Post: Mark Twain’s Adventures Out West! (815/777-4448) at the Boone’s Theatre 515 S. Main St. Galena; The Galena Trolley Depot Theater, (815/777-1248) at 314 S. Main St. Galena; The Galena Art Theatre (815/777-1367);The General’s Lady & The Magnificent Mrs. M at the DeSoto House Hotel, Galena 800/343-6562; The Main Street Players Theatre Company 815/777-ARTS.


We recommend the following Galleries: Images of Nature, 421 S. Main St. Galena, 800/281-4478, The Carl Johnson’s Gallery, 202 S. Main St. Galena, 815/777-1222 and last but not least, the Gary’s Professional Tattooing Studio, Inc., 238 N. Main St. Galena, 815/777-2758.


Several bars in town offer pool, billiards, darts and other bar games.

Tour Bus:

Brill’s Trolley Tours, Inc. 102 N. Main St. Galena 815/777-3121. One-hour narrated tours of Galena. Galena Trolley Tours, 314 S. Main St, 815/777-1248; Travel through this historic area viewing the panorama from bluffs and valleys. Historically narrated.

River Cruises:

Spirit of Dubuque Sightseeing & Dinner Cruises 800/747-8093 Mississippi River Cruises aboard an authentic paddle-wheeler Riverboat. River Cruises on The Twilight 815/777-1660, the Riverboat Twilight offers two-day, overnight Mississippi River cruises from LeClaire, IA, to Galena, IL and return

Wine Tasting:

Galena Cellars Vineyard Tasting Room, 815/777-3330, 4746 North Ford Rd. Galena. Over twenty varieties available for sampling. Tours include a walk through the winery and bottling area, followed by a sensory program which explains the experience of wine tasting


Dubuque, Iowa, is only about 15 minutes from Tierra Linda and has several casinos for your gambling pleasure.

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Tierra Linda
826 South Rocky Hill Rd
Galena, Illinois 61036
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