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Severson Dells

Severson Dells is 369-acres of woodland, stream and dolomite cliffs. This preserve is home to the Severson Dells Nature Center which sponsors many educational programs and events for students and families. Severson Dells offers 3 miles of hiking trails and 2/3 of 1 mile of paved trail. It is an Illinois Dedicated Nature Preserve and has a resource maintenance area. Dogs are not allowed at Severson Dells Forest Preserve.

Don’t miss The Grove, a nature playscape that provides children with many opportunities to explore, climb, build and create. Watch this video to get a glimpse of the fun that awaits at The Grove!

Acres: 369
Access Road: Yes
Restrooms: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Pay Phones: No
Picnic Tables: 28
Shelterhouses: 1
Prairie Knoll: Wood shelter, 200 max. people, 25 tables, 150 seats, No electricity, No vehicle access, 1 large grill.
Playground Equipment: outdoor nature playscape
Ball Fields: No
Horseback Trails: No
Hiking Trails(miles): 3.0
Campground Sites: 0
Boat Launches: 0
Canoe Access: No
18 Hole Golf Course: No
Illinois Nature Preserve: Yes
Special Facilities: Nature Study Center, The Grove outdoor nature playscape
Donated Land: Yes
Natural Areas: Yes
All reservations subject to the GENERAL USE ORDINANCE.

Trail Map

Download a printable trail map here.


8786 Montague Road, Rockford, IL 61102
2 miles west of Meridian Road on Montague Road.

Shelterhouses 360° Views