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Loves Park - Rock Cut State Park

7318 Harlem Road

By the middle of the 17th century, Miami-speaking tribes of Native Americans entered the region of Rock Cut State Park after the Iroquois drove them from territory on the southern end of Lake Michigan. 

From about 1655 until 1735, the Rock River was within the range of the Mascouten, who were also pushed westward by the Iroquois. The Winnebago ranged southward from Wisconsin to the Rock River from the 1740s until 1837, while the river’s upper portion was on the periphery of the Fox and Sauk territory from about 1765 to 1833. By 1800, the Potawatomi, Ottawa and Chippewa nations had extended their range into the area, but they ceded their lands to the United States 32 years later following the Black Hawk War.

Settlement of Winnebago County began after the Black Hawk War. The region that is now Rock Cut State Park was settled partly by Scots around Argyle - named for their Scottish home of Argyllshire - and partly by Canadians, New Yorkers and New Englanders around the town of Harlem - named for New York City’s Harlem. The Illinois version of Harlem was moved in 1859 when the Kenosha-Rockford Rail Line was built. The dammed waters of Pierce Lake now cover much of the railroad bed within the park, although portions of the railroad grade are visible along Willow Creek below the spillway. But blasting operations in a rock outcrop that railroad crews conducted during the 1859 construction left lasting impressions here - they cut through rock to provide a suitable roadbed and gave Rock Cut its name.


Joshua Kerns

Thursday, March 29, 2018
Wonderful park right here in our hometown! Mountain biking, hiking, and kayaking all in one place. The concession stand is a great place for an after activity ice cream or snack! Can't wait for it to be nice out so we can get out again!

Allison Gladkowski

Thursday, April 12, 2018
Great park with a ton of trails (both paved and dirt). You can hike, bike, ride your horse, and cross country ski. They also have camping that is amazing, a doggy swimming area, playgrounds, covered picnic areas, and boating on the lake. Tons of fun!

Victor Gelafio

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
I've been going to the park For many many years! The roads aren't what they used to be but the concession stand has improved a lot along with the rentals it's pretty close to being like it was when I was a kid!! Check it out!! Can't wait for the Chicago dogs if been hearing about! supposed to be the best!!...

Jeni Phillips

Monday, April 9, 2018
Beautiful clean park. Wonderful trails, lots of history, there used to be a town named Harlem in the 16th century, the old railroad used to run thru there. They flooded the town out after everyone left, but nobody knows why all the people just up and left one day. Do not get any water in your mouth if you go to the beach, it's toxic, no joke it has toxins from an old farm they say. So not a place to swim, but the rest is great!

Monia Ligg

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018
Absolutely wonderful place!! My family loved it, it's only about an hour drive from Chicago. Nice, clean and quiet. Plenty of grass, playgrounds for kids, convenience store and more. There's a lake so we rented kayak and kids had a blast. I definitely reccomend this state park!

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