Driving distances to Hornbaker Gardens from…

Chicago: 110 miles
Rockford: 73 miles
Peoria: 55 miles
Quad Cities: 56 miles
Bloomington: 85 miles

Directions from I-80: At exit 61 (four miles east of Princeton), go south on I-180 about 5 miles, and exit at Route 26. Go west, toward Princeton only about 1/4 of a mile, and take the first left. Then go 2 miles, and up the steep hill. We are at the top of the hill on the right. You'll see our sign.

Directions from Princeton: Follow Route 26 as it winds through town, and continue south on Route 26 from the east edge of town. About a mile or so south of town, watch for a blue "Tourist Activities" sign for Hornbaker Gardens. Turn right at the blue sign, and go about a half mile. Take the first left, and then go 2 miles until you see our sign.

Directions From Peoria: Take Route 29 North. It turns into I-180. Continue north to the Route 26 Princeton exit. Turn left and go just a half mile and take the first left where you see a blue tourist activities sign indicating Hornbaker Gardens and a large sign on the hillside. Follow this winding road for 2 miles to the top of a steep hill and you'll see our sign and entrance on the right.

Directions from Bloomington: Take Rte 39 North. Take exit #51 for IL 71. Turn left (west) onto IL 71 toward Hennepin. IL 71 turns into I-180. Continue west and then north on I-180. Take the Route 26 Princeton exit. IMPORTANT: do not exit until you see the large green exit sign that says Princeton. Ignore all the other exits for Rte 26.  At the end of the ramp, turn left and go just a half mile and take the first left where you see a blue tourist activities sign indicating Hornbaker Gardens and a large sign on the hillside. Follow this winding road for 2 miles to the top of a steep hill and you'll see our sign and entrance on the right

TRUCKERS and BUS DRIVERS should not use the Directions from I-80, as shown above. Instead, at exit 61, go south on I-180 about 1 mile, and exit at Route 6. Go west about 3 miles to the stop sign on the east edge of Princeton. Turn left, or south, on Rt. 26 and go about 1 mile south of town. Watch for a blue “Tourist Activities” sign for Hornbaker Gardens. Turn right at the blue sign, and go about a half mile. Take the first left (at a Y intersection), and then go 2 miles until you see our sign. Come all the way back on our lane (about ¾ of a mile). There will be a place to turn around.

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