Birding Winnebago County

Blackhawk Springs Forest Preserve

Location Information

A two mile paved recreation path and 5.5 miles of unpaved hiking trails give plenty of access to the birds of the northern Illinois forest.629 heavily wooded acres with areas of replanted prairie on the banks of the Kishwaukee River, one of northern Illinois’ best canoeing rivers. A two mile paved recreation path and 5.5 miles of unpaved hiking trails give plenty of access to the birds of the northern Illinois forest.
Blackhawk Springs Forest Preserve
5360 Mulford Road
Cherry Valley , Illinois
(815) 877-6100

Species & Habitat

Signature bird & wildlife: Bald Eagles
Rare bird & wildlife: Black-billed Cuckoo, Cerulean Warbler, Black Crowned Night Heron, Yellow Crowned Night Heron
Habitats: Woodlands and Prairies

Site Access Information

Admission Charges: None
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to one half hour after sunset.
Seasonality of site: Preserve properties open to public for year round use - some roads or gates not accessable or open in winter months for vehicle travel.
Site Restrictions: Some site restrictions may apply as per the Forest Preserves General Use Ordinance and Regulations (see District Web Site)

Site Assessment Information

Amenities: parking areas, restrooms, handicap accessible
Other: Most of paved trail is handicap accessible

Activities

Activities: biking
Historical/cultural attributes at or near site: Natural Springs located at Blackhawk Springs Forest Preserve.

Directions

Directions: 5360 Mulford Road, Cherry Valley, IL 61016
3 miles southeast of Rockford city limits on Mulford Road.

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