Laona Heights Sugar River Colored Sands Sugar River Two Rivers Ferguson Hartley Memorial Trask Bridge Four Lakes Pecatonica River Pecatonica Wetlands Crooked River Grove Creek Seward Bluffs Klehm Forest Preserve Severson Dells Fuller Memorial Cedar Cliff Indian Hill Hinchliff Memorial Kilbuck Bluffs Trailside Kishwaukee Gorge South Kishwaukee Gorge North Rockford Rotary Kishwaukee River Oak Ridge Blackhawk Springs Deer Run Espenscheid Memorial McKiski County Line Kieselburg Roland Olson Stone Bridge Clayton Andrews Ledges Hononegah J. Norman Jensen Millrace Isle Macktown Atwood Homestead Forest Preserve Headquarters

Severson Dells

Severson Dells is 369-acres of woodland, stream and dolomite cliffs. Severson Dells offers three miles of hiking trails and 2/3 of 1 mile of paved trail. Severson Dells is an ideal place to experience the beauty and serenity of restored prairie and woodland and the diverse birds and wildlife they support. You won’t want to miss the clear-running Hall Creek meandering through the shadows of the dramatic limestone cliffs  which give the preserve its name. Dogs are prohibited at Severson Dells Forest Preserve.

This preserve is home to the Severson Dells Nature Center (SDNC) which provides many educational programs and events for students and families. Interactive programs are offered weekly to people of all ages and interests. SDNC contains nature exhibits, library, and bookstore for the general public. Hours are 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1:00-4:30 p.m. on Sunday. The professional environmental education staff at SDNC also provides school field trips at the nature center and in-school programs on a wide variety of natural science topics. Learn about Severson Dells Nature Center activities and events at or by calling 815/335-2915.

Don’t miss The Grove, a nature playscape that provides children with many opportunities to explore, climb, build and create. Local artists and sculptors constructed this innovative space to foster creative expression and outdoor exploration. Nestled among the trees, The Grove is built primarily of natural materials that provide children with free play opportunities to climb, build, hide, perform and make music. The Grove is the only recreational facility of its kind in the Rockford area. 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
Picnic Tables: Yes
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): 2.8
Paved Trail:0.5
Campground Sites: No
Boat Launch: No
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


Shelterhouse *Fees
Max People Tables Seating Electric Playground
Prairie Knoll $75 $100 200 25 150 No No

*Residents or non-residents of Winnebago County


Reservations are Non-refundable and Non-transferable

All shelters reservations are FULL day reservations. Shelter use is from 7:00am – Sunset. (Preserves close a half hour after sunset)

Shelters MUST be reserved 3 days in advance

$2.00 convenience fee added to credit card purchases