Pecatonica River Forest Preserve

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Pecatonica River Forest Preserve is located near Rockford, IL. The trail is primarily used for birding and is accessible from April until September.

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Pecatonica River Forrest Preserve is a county park with a fair number of campsites, plus group camping along the river. The river meanders quite a bit, during the spring it is prone to flooding the field where the group camping is.

I camped here probably over a dozen times as a youth in the BSA as well as with family. Besides the campground there are a few nice trails to take. One runs along an oxbow swamp, it has a nice observation deck to watch the wildlife from over the oxbow swamp / pond.

In the other direction of the oxbow swamp there is a trail which runs through a hilly sandprarie. This sandprarie is a fairly unique ecosystem which is home to a number of endangered species.

The trail map can be found here:
http://winnebagoforest.org/preserves/pecatonica-river/