Oregon is beautiful town with picturesque landscapes, fascinating history, and warm, friendly people. It is nestled along rocky cliffs, rich forests, and the meandering Rock River. With its many shops and restaurants in Conover Square and on main street, and over 130 acres of outdoor recreation, Oregon is a bustling community with much to offer the Lincoln Highway traveler.


  • Blackhawk Statue/Lowden State Park

    Created by artist Lorado Taft, dedicated to the American Indian, the concrete figure stands 50 feet above the Rock River.

  • Castle Rock State Park

    2,000 acre park includes rock formations, ravines, and unique plant life and marked hiking trails.

  • Chana School Museum

    Two-room schoolhouse was built in 1883, recently restored. Living history programs, school artifacts and more.

  • Jacks Landing

    10 acre site with hiking trails and riverfront access for fishing and canoeing. A handicapped-accessible fishing pier features two benches as well as a large area to fish or enjoy the peace and quiet of the river.

  • Lincoln Highway Interpretive Gazebo

    One in a series of 16, featuring enclosed display panels depicting exciting stories and intriguing graphics.

  • Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural

    This mural takes you back in time as a touring car visits the Rock River Valley, with the Eternal Indian statue on the background bluffs. Vivid colors capture the beautiful roadway scene.

  • Lowden State Park

    207 acre state park with hiking trails, dump station, boat launches, camping, Lorado Taft Blackhawk Statue, and more.

  • Lowden-Miller State Forest

    Address: Nashua Road

    2,225 acre state forest with miles of scenic marked trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and hunting.

  • Oregon Area Bike Trails

    If you like biking, then you are going to LOVE Oregon! As the trailhead to a wide variety of rides, we welcome you to experience the quiet roads and the prettiest views in Northern Illinois. Routes include historic sites, river views, rolling fields, lush woods, quaint towns, and even a herd of bison! So why go farther? Bike Ogle; and enjoy what we have to offer you.
    Oregon has 10 bike trail routes that begin and end at the fully restored Oregon Depot Museum. These trails range from a local one that covers bike trails within the city limits to 40+ mile rides on bike-friendly back roads including one to see the bison at the Nachusa Grasslands. The trail maps on our website are bike rider friendly and include detail directions as well as elevations. A summary can be found on the City of Oregon website http://cityoforegon.org/visitor-information/biking/

  • Oregon Park District

    Over 140 acres at 10 different parks. Baseball diamonds, playgrounds, basketball courts, walking trails, and more.

  • Pride of Oregon

    Authentic 102 foot paddle-wheel boat. Seasonal operation.

  • Ruby Nash Museum/Ogle Co Historical Society

    Once the home of the Chester Nash family, built in 1878, The Nash Home / Museum is furnished with artifacts from all over Ogle County and from the earliest settlers to present day. An annex building contains more displays as well as the research and office area. Open for tours on Sunday afternoons from late April through September, with occasional Saturday hours, or open by appointment.

  • Silver Ridge Golf Course

    18-hole golf course.

  • Stronghold Conference Center & Castle

    Overlooking the Rock River, the Conference Center offers a unique Tudor style Castle, modern retreat buildings, cabins, and a central dining facility all situated on 360 acres of woodland, meadows, and prairie. The Center offers varied and flexible environments for day use as well as overnight accomodations.

  • TJ's Bait & Tackle and Canoe Rental

    Rent canoes, bait and tackle, fishing and hunting licenses.

  • White Pine's Ranch

    A real dude ranch on 200+ acres offering horse riding, outdoor education, and more.



Fun Facts!

  • The first name proposed for the Lincoln Highway was the Coast-to-Coast Rock Highway.
  • By 1927 90% of Americans owned an automobile.
  • The Town of Fulton, Illinois has an authentic, working Dutch windmill.
  • Chicago Heights Illinois is known as The Crossroads of the Nation, because the Lincoln and Dixie Highways intersect.
  • The very first Seedling Mile is located in Malta, Illinois.