Ronald Reagan Trail

Reagan horse statue on the Rock River in Dixon, IL

“Begins the Trail,” an impressive sculpture of President Reagan on a horse lies at Heritage Crossing, a walkway which runs along the scenic Rock River.

Recommended Local Restaurants

There are plenty of great local dining options, both casual and fine dining. I have listed a few of my favorites below:

Arthur’s Deli – A popular soup and sandwich shop, also featuring baked potato bowls, delicious Eli’s Cheesecake, and a decent salad bar. Read my full review for a more detailed description.

Arthur's deli in Dixon, IL

Basil Tree Ristorante – An Italian fine dining restaurant with great food, extraordinary service, and unique decor. Read my full review for a more detailed description.

Basil Tree Ristorante - Dixon, IL

Mama Cimino’s – A popular local pizza restaurant, famously known for their 24 inch “Hurricane pizza.” Read my full review for more pictures.

Mama Cimino's in Dixon, IL

Recommended day trips

There are 3 state parks located within a half hour drive of Dixon. All 3 of these parks are a beautiful natural oasis away from the city. My 2 favorites are Castle Rock and Lowden.

Castle Rock State Park – Located in Oregon, IL, this beautiful state park features hiking trails, boating, and a scenic overlook with fantastic views of the Rock River. Read my full post for more pictures and details of the different hikes available.

Castle Rock staircase in Oregon, IL
Views of the river from Castle Rock State Park in Oregon, IL
Scenic overlook from a hiking trail at Castle Rock State Park

Lowden State Park – Home to the impressive 50 foot tall Blackhawk statue. The Rock River walkway is a fantastic place for photography. Hiking, camping, and picnicking within the park are also popular. Read my full post for more pictures from the park.

Blackhawk Statue at Lowden State Park in Oregon, IL
Beautiful Rock River views at Lowden State Park in Oregon, IL
Overlook views from Lowden State Park in Oregon, IL