8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102
Nature Center Hours:
Monday-Saturday 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
Sunday 1:00 PM- 4:30 PM
The trails are open from sunrise to sunset.
From Bypass 20 south of Rockford, take the Montague Road exit. Turn southwest on Montague Road and continue approximately four miles, past Meridian Road, past Weldon Road, then the second left. Click here for a map.
The Grove Nature Playscape
The Grove is an area designed with the intent to bring children back to nature using fallen logs, tree stumps for seating, vertical logs for forts, nature music and art areas, etc. It offers a wide range of open ended play options for children.
The forest preserve features 2-1/2 miles of self-guided nature trails. A hard-surfaced trail, 2/3 of a mile in length, is accessible year-round. Guided walks are held frequently throughout the year for the general public, and small groups may arrange special guided walks by contacting the Nature Center. View our calendar of events to find guided walks and hikes under the full moon, through the wildflowers, to discover pollinators and so much more!
Birding at Severson Dells
Guests at Severson Dells Nature Center can enjoy the numerous birds that visit our world-class bird-feeders year-round. We offer binoculars, comfy armchairs in the library, bird identification guides, bird spotting board, and a variety of benches for viewing. Novice and expert birders alike love to come to Severson Dells to check birds off their lists.
Do you love to be out in nature, but need accommodations to enjoy it? We would love to help. Golf Cart tours of our trails are seasonally available, with a 10 day notice to schedule a reservation. Call or email us to reserve your tour! We gratefully accept donations for this service.