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Seward Bluffs

Seward Bluffs Forest Preserve is one of FPWC’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. The 400 acres in the western portion is beautiful undulating restored prairie and oak-savanna. Because of its dramatic scenery and varied landscape, it is a favorite for hiking and horseback riding. Seward Bluffs is one of three preserves which offers a campground. The overlook on the eastern edge provides one of the most beautiful views in the county.

Seasonal Highlights at Seward Bluffs:

Summer delights abound. Explore beautiful Grove Creek and cool shade of old oaks and maples in the mature woods. The restored prairie is a sea of waving grasses and flowers with peak bloom in early July.

Seward Bluffs is famous for its display of colorful fall foliage. Don’t miss the show in October!

Much of the hiking trail system can be used for cross-country skiing in winter. All FPWC cross-country ski trails are ungroomed. The access road allows room for skiers to park their cars off the roadway in front of the locked gates.

Acres: 636.6
Access Road: Yes
Restrooms: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Picnic Tables: Yes
Shelterhouses: 2
Grove Creek: Stone shelter on south side of preserve, 50 max. people, 5 tables, 30 seats, No electricity, No vehicle access.
Oak Ridge: Stone shelter on north side of preserve, 80 max. people, 8 tables, 48 seats, No electricity, Vehicle access.
Playground Equipment: Yes
Ball Fields: Yes
Horseback Trails: Yes
Equestrian Camping: Yes
Self-registration for Equestrians: Yes
Hiking Trails(miles): 8.5
Campground Sites: 47
Boat Launch: No
Canoe Launch: 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.

Trail Map

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Campground Map

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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.

Shelterhouses 360° Views

 

Campgrounds 360° Views

 

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