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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 no longer in use.
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/Scout 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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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

No longer in use


Shelterhouse *Fees
Max People Tables Seating Electric Playground
Oak Ridge $50 $75 80 8 48 No No

Grove Creek       Stone shelter no longer in use.

*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

Campgrounds 360° Views


Seward Bluffs Campground$13/unit$23/unit
Senior (62 and over) & disabled$11/unit$21/unit
Electric hookup (additional) $8/unit$8/unit
Firewood from host (when available)$7/bundle$7/bundle
Non-camper dump station use fee$20$30

*Residents or Non-residents of Winnebago County


Reservations are Non-refundable and Non-transferable

$2.00 convenience fee added to credit card purchases

Campsite Reservations MUST be reserved 7 days in advance

If not reserved 7 days in advance, campsites will then be on a first-come first-served basis (please register with the campground host or in the absence of a host, please use the self-registration station).

Cash or Check Only at Campground