There are 40 individual forest preserves for the purpose of protecting the natural beauty of Winnebago County, as well as for education and recreation.
The forest preserves provide over 9,500 acres of property for the use and enjoyment of the general public. Lush woods, picturesque streams, dramatic cliffs and dells, unspoiled prairies and native wildlife are treasures to be enjoyed by residents and visitors of all ages.
Hiking, camping, canoeing, picnicking, fishing, bird watching and cross-country skiing are recreational activities available at sites throughout the county.
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Seward Bluffs Forest Preserve is one of the District’s most picturesque and most popular. It boasts woodland, stream and dolomite cliffs. It is home to many northern relic species as well as a good spring wildflower display. Seward Bluffs is one of four preserves which offers a campground.
Access Road: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Pay Phones: No
Picnic Tables: 140
Grove Creek: Stone shelter on south side of preserve, 50 max. people, 5 tables, 30 seats, No electricity, No vehicle access, Horseshoe pits.
Oak Ridge: Stone shelter on north side of preserve, 80 max. people, 8 tables, 48 seats, No electricity, Vehicle access, Horseshoe pits.
Playground Equipment: Yes
Ball Fields: Yes
Horseback Trails: Yes
Equestrian Camping: Yes
Self-registration for Equestrians: Yes
Hiking Trails(miles): 8.0
Campground Sites: 60
Boat Launches: 0
Canoe Access: No
18 Hole Golf Course: No
Illinois Nature Preserve: No
Special Facilities: Youth Camp
Donated Land: No
Natural Areas: Yes
All reservations subject to the GENERAL USE ORDINANCE.
Download a printable trail map here.
Location – 16999 Comly Road, Seward, IL 61077
12 miles west of Rockford on Highway 20 to Pecatonica Road, south 1 mile to Comly Road, west 1½ miles.
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