A Little Time and a Keyboard: Dolomite Cliffs, Woodlands, Prairies and Wetlands Entice Explorers at Severson Dells in Rockford, Illinois

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Dolomite Cliffs, Woodlands, Prairies and Wetlands Entice Explorers at Severson Dells in Rockford, Illinois

Dolomite Cliffs, Woodlands, Prairies and Wetlands Entice Explorers at Severson Dells in Rockford, Illinois

Dolomite Cliffs, Woodlands, Prairies and Wetlands Entice Explorers at Severson Dells in Rockford, Illinois

Greeting explorers with a range of nature experiences including dolomite cliffs, wetlands, prairies and woodlands, Severson Dells Nature Center in Rockford, Illinois provides unique and enticing adventures. Severson Dells once was a farm until nture lovers Harry and Fannie Severson donated their 369-acre family farm to the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District in 1975. This donation paved the way for the public to appreciate the Severson's nature haven.


The emerald summer forest at Severson Dells beckoned us forward.
The emerald summer forest at Severson Dells beckoned us forward.
On a recent summer day, we opted for a road trip to Rockford to wander some of the 5-miles of trails at Severson Dells. Immediately, we found ourselves amazingly enrobed in the green splendor of the forest. I marveled at the tree crowns above. So, don't forget to look up!

Peeking up at the trees at Severson Dells
Peeking up at the trees.
At several points, we met Hall Creek. The meander of the creek easily calmed our souls for a bit. Each view of the creek is quite unique and will leave you inspired.

Hall Creek meandered before us during our hike at Severson Dells
Hall Creek meandered before us.
After pausing at the creek, we continued forest bathing as our hike wound us through the preserve. We discovered interesting flora and fauna throughout. Fortunately, I brought my birding binoculars and spotted a rose-breasted grosbeak with them! We also heard quite a few catbirds among other birds.

The prairie opened up before us as we emerged from the forest at Severson Dells
The prairie opened up before us as we emerged from the forest.

Before reaching the Dolomite Cliffs, we happened upon one of the prairies. After hiking in the forest, one path opened right up to a spectacular expansive view. Quite a spot to take a breath and enjoy the moment!

Hall Creek perfectly framed by the forest at Severson Dells
Hall Creek perfectly framed by the forest.
Discovering Picturesque Dolomite Cliffs:

We continued back through the forest until we reached Hall Creek again. We stopped along the bridge to admire spectacular bridge. Soon, we would wander the splendors of the dolomite cliffs.

Dolomite cliffs create a unique environment at Severson Dells
Dolomite cliffs create a unique environment.
Carved out by Hall Creek, the dolomite cliffs offer interesting and distinctive views. The environment created along the dolomite cliffs is pretty rare. In fact, some of the plants and animals present are not seen anywhere else in Illinois. So, care must be taken while exploring and visitors should remain on the trails away from the cliffs.

Plants growing within crevices of dolomite cliffs at Severson Dells in Rockford, Illinois
Plants growing within crevices of dolomite cliffs.
Dells are small cliffs along creeks or rivers hence the name "Severson Dells." The dells certainly captivate and awe. The cliffs range in height from a few feet to 20 feet. It is pretty amazing how plants have been able to grow within the face of the dells. So incredible and interesting!

Fording the boardwalk at Seveson Dells.
Fording the boardwalk at Seveson Dells.

As one of the most beautiful preserves we have wandered, we definitely will return to Severson Dells Nature Center. I look forward to basking in the natural charms of Severson Dells on another beautiful day soon! The forest provides a splendid opportunity for true forest bathing, Hall Creek adds a tranquil water element and the dells create a unique environment not often seen. Quite an adventure!

Other features at Severson Dells:

  • A nature center is available.
  • A nature playscape invites children to engage with nature.
  • Signs near the nature center educate about local nature.

Dolomite Cliffs, Woodlands, Prairies and Wetlands Entice Explorers at Severson Dells in Rockford, Illinois




2 comments:

  1. Wow! I totally want to check it out now. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. My kids would love to go on an adventure here!

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