Even though we’re under a stay at home order in the Rockford area, we can still go outside to exercise and get fresh air. If you choose to enjoy nature, please keep in mind social distancing and stay in groups of less than 10 people and remain 6 feet from others at all times.
During the stay at home order, playgrounds are also closed (Stay at Home FAQs).
Here are places you can enjoy a walk, hike, or bike ride in the Stateline.
Paved paths in the Rockford Area
Bring your bikes, scooters, rollerblades and strollers to these paved paths for some exercise.
- Perryville Path – 14.9 mile path runs from Home Depot on E. State to Rock Cut State Park
- Charles Street Path – 1.7 mile path runs between Quentin Drive and Perryville Road
- Willow Creek Path – 1.57 mile path runs along Willow Creek connecting High School with Rock Cut State Park
- Rock River Recreation Path – 10 mile path runs from Davis Park in Rockford to Machesney Park Mall
- Cherry Valley Path – 1.4 mile path between Swanson Parkway and Valley Woods Drive in Cherry Valley
- Mel Anderson Memorial Path – 3 mile path runs along Kent Creek between Talcott Page and Lockwood Park
- Mercyhealth Sportscore Two Path – 0.59 mile path runs from Sportscore 2 to Loves Park YMCA and Rivets stadium
- Dahlquist Park – 0.43-mile walking path
- Landstrom Park – 0.75-mile paved path
- Brown Park – 0.5-mile paved path
- Wantz Park – 0.5-mile path
- Mulford Crest Park – 0.46-mile paved path
- Levings Park – 1.3-mile paved roadway
- Haight Park – 0.32-mile path
- Midway Village Museum Loop – 1.4-mile path
Trails in the Rockford Area
These trails and forest preserves have grass, gravel, or dirt paths to walk around and enjoy nature.
- Atwood Trails (2685 New Milford School Rd, Rockford, IL)
- Anna Page Park (3000 N Springfield Ave, Rockford, IL)\
Forest Preserves in the Rockford Area
Rock Cut State Park opened on Friday, May 1, 2020, however, their concessions is not open. Starved Rock is still closed. See a list of other Illinois parks that opened here.
Please note that bathrooms and facilities may be closed.
There are more than 43 forest preserves in Winnebago county! Check out 815 Outside for a map of which one is closest to you. The forest preserves will open on May 1st from 7 am until 1⁄2 hour after sunset for limited activities including walking, hiking, equestrian, golf and fishing.
There are 10 forest preserves and nature centers in Beloit. Check out the list on Visit Beloit. Wisconsin state parks also opened on May 1, 2020. They require annual passes. You can view the list of parks and how to get an annual pass here.