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.

7 days ago

trails are fine but not too exciting. large chunks of the trail are through parking lots, playgrounds, or picnic areas. trails were very muddy but we'll maintained. lacks view points or points of interest, just a walk around the lake. good for what it is but probably won't be back.

took 2 hours with kids, seemed a little longer than 3.6 miles. not sure how they measured all the counters of the lake.

walking
17 days ago

My dog loves this trail! It’s lightly trafficked and great practice for people who want to work up to hard hikes. My phone said it was closer to 5 Miles the whole way around the lake. Scenic views of the lake in fall and great shade in the summer. Def bring bug spray and a hat. Easy trail at the water’s edge with just a few spots that require light feet. If you’re only doing half the trail, there’s more wildlife on the northern side.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice

I hike here regularly, there are many more trails than indicated here. Although some are closed when there is snow to preserve them for cross country skiing. There are trails around the lake. There are paved trails. There are equestrian trails. Some areas are hilly. Always a good hike to be found.

walking
1 month ago

It was okay. Trail was well maintained but it was fairly boring.

paddle sports
2 months ago

Great Lake for kayaking! During windy days it provides a little fun getting through the waves.

hiking
2 months ago

Here usually once a week in spring through fall with our pups. Great trail and easy although there are some spots a little tricky. Prefer going during the week as not so crowded. Make sure to bring skeeter and tick repellent for yourself and pups.

hiking
3 months ago

The main path is a paved bike trail. You can get off the main trail on foot. There is a creek to follow but the paths are overgrown and the next turn isn’t obvious. Go out seeking adventure

horseback riding
8 months ago

Horses are not allowed on the trail around the lake at Rock Cut State park. They are only allowed on the Equestrian trail on the North side of the park.

These trails are easily accessible and well maintained but do not have any views of the lake.

trail running
Sunday, October 08, 2017

The running trails near Olson lake are very well maintained and a treat to run on. They can be confusing so I recomend running during cross country season when the trails are painted.

hiking
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Love this park.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

I love walking around the lake! It is always a great view and opens up frequently to get a fresh view of everything. A great park. Looking forward to camping there!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A good scenic hike, there are a lot of opportunities to see wildlife. I would not say that it is moderately difficult if you do any intentional walking 2-3 times a week.

hiking
Monday, April 17, 2017

good trail, a little muddy.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

The park is beautiful but the trails are lame. It's pretty much just a beaten' path that may or may not lead to a dead end. You will probably also get lost since there aren't any maps within the trail or directions of any kind. I have a great sense of direction and I still got lost.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

In Rock Cut State Park. Leisurely pace, takes 2-2.5 hours with dogs & kids.

hiking
Wednesday, October 05, 2016

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!

hiking
Monday, October 03, 2016

love this park on

on Rock Cut State Park

hiking
Monday, August 15, 2016

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.

Friday, July 15, 2016

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!

hiking
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Nice hike along the lake. Somewhat easy.

mountain biking
Tuesday, October 08, 2013

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.

on Rock Cut State Park

hiking
Monday, July 08, 2013

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

hiking
Saturday, March 09, 2013

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

hiking
Tuesday, August 28, 2012

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

hiking
Tuesday, August 07, 2012

nice hiking and fishing great family fun

mountain biking
Monday, July 02, 2012

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

hiking
Saturday, June 16, 2012

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
Sunday, April 08, 2012

Awesome!

mountain biking
Monday, March 26, 2012

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.

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