DISTANCE
1.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
104 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

Friday, March 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:
http://winnebagoforest.org/preserves/pecatonica-river/