Severson Dells Nature Center

Rockford isn’t nicknamed “The Forest City” for nothing.  There are over 20,000 acres of parks and forest preserves to explore that make the Rockford region a premiere outdoor destination.


From flat paths to challenging trails, there are many miles to explore in Winnebago County.

Colored Sands Forest Preserve
Colored Sands Forest Preserve


Whether you’re a beginner or advanced, mountain or road rider, there are a variety of trails throughout the region to fit your cycling needs!

Rock River Recreation Path
Rock River Recreation Path


Looking for leisure? See the sites along any of our public recreation paths.

Rockford Public Art Trail
​Rockford Public Art Trail, 1019 S. Main St.


With four major rivers and a selection of freshwater lakes, there’s no shortage of water activities available in the Rockford region. Rent a kayak or grab an inner tube and ride the waves.

Rock River
​Rock River


Surround yourself with beautiful blooms, inspiring landscapes, or even exotic butterflies at any of our award-winning gardens. 

Anderson Gardens
​Anderson Japanese Gardens

Nature Classes & Interactive Experiences

Want a more interactive outdoor experience? Many of our regional attractions offer hands-on classes and programs for connecting with the land. Witness bird banding, participate in a guided walk, or play with animals at these popular outdoor attractions.

Lockwood Park
​Lockwood Park

For more ideas on how to make the most of your spring getaway, visit our Spring Events In Rockford page.