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Rock River Scenic Drive

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41.4 miles: 55 minutes
A union of natural beauty, history and country charm awaits on SR 2. Travel alongside the Rock River as it flows past Lowden State Park, and pull off into one of the parking spots that overlook the river and gaze at one of the world’s largest concrete monolithic statues. See Victorian-style towns abutting fields of wheat.
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41.4 miles: 55 minutes
In Rockford, Rock River Scenic Drive winds through forested areas, and lovely homes dot the way. Parking at Lowden State Park gives travelers a chance to admire Lorado Taft’s 50-foot statue, which was designed as a tribute to Native Americans. SR 2 continues into a Dixon neighborhood consisting of late 19th- and early 20th-century homes.