Trails for Hiking, Walking, and Running

There are a variety of beautiful, multi-use trails woven throughout Winnebago County. Whether you are looking to take a stroll down a well-worn path to admire the wildflowers, take a journey on one of the many accessible nature trails, or embark on a hiking adventure deep into the forests, Winnebago County has what you want! 

Scroll down to see a map of all trails.




Groups: Rockford Roadrunners is a community that runs and races together. Rockford Wildcats is a youth cross country team for ages 5-18.

Gear: For outfitting, trail advice, and coaching, check out Fleet Feet Rockford and Runner’s Image

Accessible Trails

The following locations have paved paths surrounded by natural area and wildlife.

  • Kishwaukee River Forest Preserve
  • Rock Cut State Park
  • Severson Dells Nature Center
  • Forest Preserves of Winnebago County Headquarters
  • Baumann Park
  • Khlem Arboretum 
  • Blackhawk Springs Preserve

Find a full interactive map listing all of the accessible trails in the area here.

Learn more about Theraputic Recreation and accessible parks and programs at the Rockford Park District here.

If a program, service, or activity of the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County is not accessible to persons with disabilities, contact  the District’s Accessibility Coordinator at 815/877-6100 or


Equestrian Trails

Our region is also home to numerous equestrian trails. The Forest Preserves of Winnebago County lists their horse-friendly trails here, and Lockwood Park Trailside Equestrian Centre and Children’s Farm offers horseback riding lessons, guided trail rides, and equestrian camps and activities. 

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