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Pecatonica Forest Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Rockford, Illinois that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.7 miles Elevation Gain: 104 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching



wild flowers

15 days ago

Trail looks like it went through grass. Therefore did not do it. On the road, saw a turtle which we helped to the other side of the road. Saw from the road some marshland and the river, which looked nice.

Fri Mar 27 2015

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:

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