Chiseled out of the states far northern region is Rock Cut State Park in Winnebago County. Nearby are other "rocky" landmarks - the mighty Rock River and the place where wagons once forded it, Rockford. Its an area of rolling plains, interesting history and recreational variety. Two lakes set off the parks 3,092 acres. Pierce Lake, with 162 acres, is a retreat for people wanting to fish, ice fish or ice skate. A second 50-acre Olson Lake is especially for swimmers. Rounding out the parks recreational options are camping, hiking, horseback trails and cross-country skiing. Whatever the season, you can be sure theres quite a bit of activity going on at Rock Cut State Park.

hiking
2 months ago

First week of October hiking with a group of friends. We're all "city slickers",but really enjoy nature walks frequently.
I've hiked and done some exploring through Colorado, so I'm no stranger to traversing through nature!
This was a pleasant jaunt. We hiked about 5 miles out and a little off the track/trail. REALLY EASY trail, mostly flat with a few twists and turns.
Wear protection: light jacket, sunscreen, BUG SPRAY..as well as water, snacks and the like.
You'll enjoy!

love this park on

hiking
3 months ago

Our family really enjoys this state park:)
The lake is awesome- huge and a very long hike if you want to go around it.
The swimming beach is small but decently kept up.
The only reservation about the trails are some are poorly marked on the map and kinda overgrown. Bring a compass and friends. Other than that, still very peaceful and worth your time.

really beautiful walk in the woods and around the lake. lots of quiet picnic nooks along the way. I wish we had planned ahead and brought a basket!

5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Nice hike along the lake. Somewhat easy.

mountain biking
3 years ago

Lived in area all my life. First time I rode here. Nice trails. Love the single track crossing the creek. Sweet. I'll be back, a lot more trails to ride. 18 miles today.

hiking
3 years ago

Is a nice place to go a lot of people discussing bathrooms personally will never go back again

Very nice after the last snowfall . Only did part of the lake trail. Got to come back to explore the other areas.

hiking
4 years ago

did the hiking trail around the lake. parts of it are not marked well. But was a great hike.

hiking
4 years ago

nice hiking and fishing great family fun

mountain biking
4 years ago

some good tec stuff tons of dif trails to ride all the single paths are fun They even have some nice blacktop trails for people that like that . The park office don't have any good maps so download one off there web sight if u need a map

We walked the trail around the lake, most areas were nice, but not recommended on a bike. very narrow and not easy to manover a bike through. trails could have been marked better.

hiking
4 years ago

Awesome!

mountain biking
4 years ago

For Northern IL, this is a great hike/ride. Nice trails! even some challenges along the way. I really enjoyed my time here. Some nice open parts also. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because your are right next to the high way at one point and that can be annoying to some people.

hiking
5 years ago

I think there are more than 10mi worth of trails at this park. There is a good mix of trails for both beginners and technical riders. Plus if you like to camp and kayak it is ideal. Yes excellent for Illinois.

mountain biking
6 years ago

Great trails for northern IL. There are tons of different trails so you could ride a different trail each day. Great cardio and some fun semi-technical areas.