The Storybook Trail is located at the Kiwanis Park – the corner of 7th Avenue and West 12th Street, Rock Falls. This park is a very creative way to entice kids to read while being active outside. Studies show that when children spend time outdoors, they reduce feelings of anxiety and depression; concentration and performance in school improvement and they gain an appreciation and love of nature.
The Storybook Trail first opened on October 9, 2015, with a dedication ceremony at the bridge near Avenue D. The trail extended from Avenue D near Linville Crossing to McNeil Road in Rock Falls. The trail then featured 32 poles that had pages from books that have nature themes. The first book was “Plant a Pocket of Prairie. A few years later the Storybook Trail was relocated to the Kiwanis Park in Rock Falls.