As we move from October into early November; enjoy the leaves changing colors in the Rockford region at one of these peaceful, outdoor locations! Before winter hits; take some time to visit these wonderful places and enjoy the spectacular fall colors.
Anderson Japanese Gardens – 12-acre Japanese garden voted one of the best in North America
Atwood Park – 334 acres of land with woodland, prairie, river and marsh habitats
Forest Preserves of Winnebago County – 42 forest preserves covering over 10,300 acres in the area
Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden – 155-acre living museum full of gardens and rare trees
Nygren Wetland Preserve – 721-acre tract near the confluence of the Rock River and Pecatonica River and an important stopover and nesting spot for many species of birds
Pecatonica Prairie Path & Bike Trail – 29.5-mile long biking, hiking and nature trail extending from Illinois Route 75 to the Village of Winnebago
Perryville Recreation Path – Hop on this 14.9 mile path which is built through the Keeling-Puri Peace Plaza and connects to the 1.4 mile loop at Midway Village.
Rock Cut State Park – Beautiful Illinois state park with two lakes that set off the park’s 3,092 acres
Rock River Recreation Path – Built at the bicentennial community project in 1976, this ten-mile paved path winds along the Rock River and beside Sinnissippi Gardens.
Stone Bridge Trail – Built on a former rail bed dating back to the 1850s, this path provides a crushed limestone pathway through rural countryside.