Severson Dells

8786 Montague Road, Rockford, IL 61102

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 seversondells.org 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.