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
Sugar River Alder is a 537.8-acre tract of sandy soil which harbors unique habitats not found in other regions of the county.
Access Road: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Pay Phones: No
Picnic Tables: 3
Playground Equipment: No
Ball Fields: No
Horseback Trails: No
Hiking Trails(miles): 5.0
Campground Sites: 0
Boat Launches: 0
Canoe Access: No
18 Hole Golf Course: No
Illinois Nature Preserve: Yes
Special Facilities: No
Donated Land: No
Natural Areas: Yes
All reservations subject to the GENERAL USE ORDINANCE.
Download a printable trail map here.
Location – 10255 Haas Road, Shirland, IL 61079
12 miles northwest of Rockton. Rockton Road to Forest Preserve Road. West on Forest Preserve Road 1 mile to Hauley Road. North on Hauley Road to Haas Road.