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Carl and Lois Klehm

Klehm Forest Preserve is home to Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden which is known as Rockford’s living museum. This beautiful property in southwest Rockford, formerly a tree nursery, was donated by the Klehm family in 1985. Klehm offers 155-acres of spectacular gardens and rare trees, fountains and sculptures, a visitor’s center, and abundant walking trails.

A 1.8 mile, handicapped-accessible paved path winds through the arboretum and gardens, plus there are many secondary, chipped trails. Kids will have fun navigating the maze in the Children’s Garden. Klehm is dog-friendly and any leashed dog is welcome.

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden offers many educational programs and events for the public throughout the year including Garden Fair and the Woodsong outdoor concert series in summer. Filled with four season beauty, Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden is an endlessly fascinating place to explore.

Seasonal Highlights: Klehm is a feast for the senses in every season from fragrant magnolia trees in spring and a butterfly garden in summer to the brilliant colors of fall and snow-capped evergreens in winter, when trails are cleared for walkers, cross-country skiers and snowshoeing.

For information on Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Gardens classes, field trips, tours, special events and concerts visit or call 815/965-8146.

Acres: 158.2
Access Road: Yes
Restrooms: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Picnic Tables: Yes
Shelterhouses: No
Playground Equipment: No
Ball Fields: No
Horseback Trails: No
Hiking Trails(miles): 6.2
Paved Trail:2.2
Campground Sites: No
Boat Launch: No
Canoe Launch: No
18 Hole Golf Course: No
Illinois Nature Preserve: No
Special Facilities: Arboretum Botanical Garden, Shop, ADA accessible
Donated Land: Yes
Natural Areas: No
All reservations subject to the GENERAL USE ORDINANCE.

Trail Map

Download a printable trail map here.


2715 S. Main Street, Rockford, IL 61102

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden is located on South Main in Rockford, south of Michigan Avenue, north of Harrison Avenue.