Go, See, Explore: Black Hawk State Historic Site


Black Hawk State Historic Site is a 208 acre park managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources that showcases the fascinating cultural history and diverse natural resources of the Quad Cities. Explore hiking trails along the Rock River and through the nature preserve. Discover the history of Black Hawk and the Sauk and Meskwaki people by visiting the John Hauberg Museum. Reserve the beautiful Watch Tower Lodge (built by the Civilian Conservation Corps) for your next big event.


1510 46th Ave., Rock Island, IL 61201
Black Hawk State Historic Site

Plan Your Visit


  • Open year-round from sunrise to 10 P.M.
  • Restrooms are located throughout the park.
  • Picnic areas and shelters with grills and fireplaces (all available on a first come first serve basis).
  • Accessible lodge, museum, and paved trails.
  • 208 acres of public use areas, prairie, and nature preserve with miles of marked hiking trails (of moderate difficulty).


Black Hawk State Historic Site offers a great educational program for field trips of students from Kindergarten through High School. All field trips include a guided tour of the Hauberg Museum. Build the best possible field trip for your group by choosing from the provided activities listed below:

  • Museum Tour (Indoor): Enjoy a guided tour of the Hauberg Indian Museum, learning how the Sauk and Meskwaki lived by following them through the seasons.
  • Illinois and Iowa Animals (Indoor): Learn fascinating facts about common Illinois and Iowa wildlife by examining mounted specimens and furs up close.
  • Nature Hikes (Outdoor): Discover nature on a guided hike either through the Nature Preserve to the north or along the Rock River to the south.

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