May to October: Wednesday through Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm
November to April: Friday & Saturday 9 am to 4 pm
The Apple River Fort is open for visitors year-round, with hours varying by the season. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
We recommend you start your visit at the Interpretive Center, where you'll find knowledgeable staff, a variety of exhibits, and a brief dramatic video depicting the attack on Apple River Fort and other events of the Black Hawk War. Restrooms, drinking fountain, and a soda vending machine are available at the Interpretive Center.
Constructed in 1997, a exact sized replica stands next to the site of the original Apple River Fort. The replica is based on archaeological investigations of the site, which revealed information about the size and layout of the original fort. You are encouraged to walk through the fort and peek into each of the buildings on your self-guided tour.
The replica fort is up a slight hill, 1/4 mile from the Interpretive Center building. The Old Fort Road is paved, with interpretive signage along the way. You may walk or drive your car up to the Fort. There is no parking by the Fort but cars may pull off into the grass.
Along the path to the Fort way you will pass the Casper-Koester Cabin. This original 1840s cabin was moved from just south of Scales Mound to its new home at the edge of the site's prairie. The cabin is still under construction and is not yet open to the public.
If you can't make it during our open hours, you are still welcome to experience the Apple River Fort! During closed hours, the Old Fort Road and grounds are still open to visitors to explore. All buildings are locked and unavailable to explore.
The Interpretive Center
The Log Cabin, inside the Fort
The Casper-Koester Cabin