There are 41 individual forest preserves for the purpose of protecting the natural beauty of Winnebago County, as well as for education and recreation.
The forest preserves provide over 9,700 acres of property for the use and enjoyment of the general public. Lush woods, picturesque streams, dramatic cliffs and dells, unspoiled prairies and native wildlife are treasures to be enjoyed by residents and visitors of all ages.
Hiking, camping, canoeing, picnicking, fishing, bird watching and cross-country skiing are recreational activities available at sites throughout the county.
©2013 WINNEBAGO COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT
Hononegah is the District’s oldest preserve and one of its most popular. This picturesque preserve along the Rock River offers three shelterhouses, two ball fields, a soccer field, and a boat ramp. Also available are an adjoining bike path, 2 miles of hiking trails and a campground.
Access Road: Yes
Drinking Water: No
Pay Phones: No
Picnic Tables: 251
Bird Grove: 100 max. people, 10 tables, 60 seats, No electricity, No vehicle access, Stone shelter with fireplace.
Indian Rest: 200 max. people, 20 tables, 120 seats, Electricity, No vehicle access.
Towering Pines: 300 max. people, 20 tables, 120 seats, Electricity, No vehicle access.
Playground Equipment: Yes
Ball Fields: Yes
Soccer Fields: Yes
Horseback Trails: No
Hiking Trails(miles): 2.7
Campground Sites: 60
Boat Launches: 1
Canoe Access: Yes
18 Hole Golf Course: No
Illinois Nature Preserve: No
Special Facilities: Bike Path Access
Donated Land: No
Natural Areas: No
All reservations subject to the GENERAL USE ORDINANCE.
Download a printable trail map here.
Location – #80 Hononegah Road, Rockton, IL 61072
8 miles north of Rockford. North 2nd Street to Hononegah Road, west 2 miles.