We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Apple River Fort

Closed today: Closed
Open today: Closed
Review Highlights
Amazing Fort

An old fort in amazing condition located in the small town of Elizabeth. Didn't cost anything and... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2018
Judy H
Rutland, United States
Nice historical site

This is a nice historical site just a couple of miles of the US 20 West. Worhwhile the little... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2018
Limburg Province, The Netherlands
via mobile
Read all 40 reviews
All photos (23)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good42%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
Closed today
Hours Today: Closed
See all hours
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
311 E Myrtle St, Elizabeth, IL 61028-8021
+1 815-858-2028
Improve This Listing
Reviews (40)
Filter reviews
40 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews black hawk interpretive center abraham lincoln small town walk around illinois history history lesson on foot the beaten path war settlers volunteers site attack apple period information
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 40 reviews
Reviewed 6 January 2019

The fort is still in great shape. The visitor center is on the main highway, and there is a path leading from it up the hill to the fort. It doesn't really say how long the walk is. It's a little far for some older...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank barkus1968
Reviewed 27 August 2018

An old fort in amazing condition located in the small town of Elizabeth. Didn't cost anything and was able to walk around and look at everything.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Judy H
Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

This is a nice historical site just a couple of miles of the US 20 West. Worhwhile the little detour. Small site but very fascinating that in the 1830’s about 45 men and women held off about 200 Faux warriors of Black Hawk. Imagine how...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank MJbChateauL
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Great place with lots of history. They do regular “living history days” with staff dressed up true to the time period. They also have a small building with staff and things for tourists. Also a good spot for a walk anytime.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Audra I
Reviewed 26 July 2018

The Apple River Fort really is two pieces of a greater whole. Just off the main street area is the Interpretive Center, where you can get some information and answers to questions about the Fort and surrounding area's history. The physical fort itself is up...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Dr_Xaos
Reviewed 3 March 2018

Driving through on way to Galena. I always stop for museums, love them. Small but nicely done. Older volunteers inside passionate and friendly. So glad that places like this still exist.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank beentheredonethatia
Reviewed 17 October 2017

The Apple River Fort is a reconstructed historic fort built near the remains of an old fort that was used in 1832 to defend the nearby citizens against about 200 Black Hawk Warriors. A small group of about 33 local militia soldiers and about 40...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank rockyjoe
Reviewed 22 August 2017

Apple River Fort, known today as the Apple River Fort State Historic Site, was one of many frontier forts hastily constructed by settlers in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin following the onset of the Black Hawk War in 1832. Located at 311 East Myrtle Street...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 24 July 2017

The Interpretive Center and Fort are open 9 to 5 Wednesday through Sunday April 1 to October 31. Start at the Interpretive Center (which also has some books and gifts available for purchase). The woman there can help you understand the background of this battle...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank RobertW2h483MD
Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

Great recreated historic fort from the Black Hawk wars. This fort has the distinction of being the only civilian fort attacked during the war. The staff at the interperatve center were great and provided a lot of history for the location. This location is a...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank James W
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 2 nearby hotels
Marcotte's Family Motel
71 reviews
3.69 km away
The View Motel
240 reviews
3.78 km away
Longhollow Point Inn
25 reviews
9.93 km away
Worldmark Galena
116 reviews
10.29 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 10 nearby restaurants
Welcome Inn
73 reviews
.08 km away
Cajun Jack's Bar & Grill
30 reviews
1.56 km away
E-Town Coffee
23 reviews
.11 km away
Jug's Main Street Tap
48 reviews
.13 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 10 nearby attractions
Elizabeth's Grand Antique Co.
43 reviews
.45 km away
Fergedaboudit Vineyard & Winery
84 reviews
9.40 km away
Rocky Waters Vineyard and Winery
102 reviews
6.94 km away
Massbach Ridge Winery
62 reviews
11.64 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Apple River Fort staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines