Rock River, IL Memorial Forest
A 60-acre riverfront forest, two hours west of Chicago.
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Explore Rock River and find your perfect tree.
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1-877-830-8311
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What you’ll love about Rock River

forest highlights
flora & fauna

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What makes this forest special

The forest is located in the Rock River Valley, a popular destination for wilderness escapes from Chicago. The area boasts over 11,000 acres of state parks and conservation areas, forming a valuable stretch of contiguous wildlife habitat of which this forest now forms a critical part. A diverse array of tree species thrive here: red and white oak, black walnut, shagbark hickory, black cherry and more. So do abundant wildlife, such as foxes, beavers, and bald eagles.

When you purchase a memorial tree in Rock River, you contribute to the protection of forestland and wildlife habitat that your loved ones can enjoy – now and for years to come.

flora & fauna

What you’re protecting

Better Place Forests Rock River is home to a wide variety of native tree species and serves as a critical piece of a contiguous, undeveloped stretch of land along this river’s corridor. It provides rich habitat for wildlife and a migratory pathway for a variety of birds.

Part of our work involves removing invasive species, thinning and pruning so older trees can thrive, and restoring the land to its natural state.

Experience the sights and sounds
Book a forest tour online or in person to discover the beauty of Rock River.

Location and directions

Visiting hours

Appointments available, weather permitting
Thurs–Mon at 10am, 1pm, & 3pm

Address

1950 N River Rd, Oregon, IL 61061

Drive from nearby cities

Aurora, IL

Chicago, IL

Rockford, IL

Madison, WI

Explore the forest's sections

Choose an area based on your preferences: access to trails, special views, or natural features.

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FAQ
Can I visit the Rock River memorial forest?
Yes! We’d love to host you and your loved ones in the forest. Book a tour to experience Rock River, meet our team, and enjoy the forest. You can also reach us by phone at 877-830-8311, or email [email protected]
Where is Better Place Forests Rock River located?
Better Place Forests Rock River is located at 1950 N River Rd, Oregon, IL 61061. Our Rock River location is about 102 miles from Chicago, or a roughly two hour drive. For more information, visit our Driving Directions to Better Place Forests Rock River.
Is there a funeral alternative near Madison or Milwaukee?
Yes — Better Place Forests Rock River is a natural alternative to traditional funerals an hour and a half from Madison, and roughly two hours from Milwaukee and Chicago. With Better Place Forests, you can choose a memorial tree instead of a tombstone as a lasting, living memorial that helps protect forestland and local habitats. To learn more, book an online or in-person forest tour today.
Is it legal to spread ashes in Illinois?
Yes, it is legal to spread ashes in Illinois. According to the Illinois General Assembly, cremated remains may “be disposed of by placing them in a grave, crypt, or niche, by scattering them in a scattering area as defined in this Act, or in any manner whatever on the private property of a consenting owner.” For more information, visit our complete guide to scattering ashes outdoors.
How does Better Place Forests work?
Better Place Forests offers a natural alternative to cemeteries for those who choose cremation. When you choose a memorial tree, you help protect it and the entire forest for years to come.

Our team will help you plan a forest memorial to create an experience that’s right for you, and the ashes of loved ones and pets can join your tree in the future if you choose. When the time comes, ashes are mixed with local soil and placed at the base of your tree, becoming part of the forest.

To choose your tree, you can book an online forest tour with one of our advisors. For more information, visit How Better Place Forests Works.