About Atwood Trails

Phase 1 of the trail system includes approximately five miles of multi-use natural surface trails for beginner and intermediate users, a parking area, trail signage, and a bike wash/repair station. Once completed, the entire project will include approximately 20 miles of interconnecting trails on both the north and south sides of the Kishwaukee river. Multi-use trails will introduce new hikers, bikers, and cross country skiers to the natural beauty of Seth B. Atwood Park, and provide the opportunity to incorporate silent sports into camp and residential education programming at Atwood Park.

During its community-led Master Plan process, the Rockford Park District heard that investing in trails, open space, and recreation paths is very important to citizens. This groundbreaking is the start of a citizen-driven project reflecting that request. Phase 1 of this project is funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), the Atwood Foundation, and more than 40 individual donors. By utilizing private donations and grant money for Phase 1, the District is minimizing reliance on tax dollars.  The District contracted N-TRAK Group, LLC, which included Terra Firma Trails, LLC, a trail builder subcontractor to construct Phase 1.

Trails Status Updates

PROJECT master plan

A group of Rockford Park District citizens and silent sports enthusiasts – hikers, runners, cyclists, and skiers – seeks to expand recreational opportunities at Atwood Park and Alpine Hills Adventure Park.


Atwood Trail System

Alpine Hills Bike Path