Rock River, Illinois
Revel in riverfront serenity, just two hours west of Chicago
Return to the earth naturally in a flourishing 60-acre forest with serene river views
What makes our Rock River forest special:
- Stately trees atop a bluff overlooking the river
- Mature stands of oak, black walnut, shagbark hickory, and more beloved native trees
- Abundance of wildlife on the river, which is home to herons, beavers, bald eagles, and more
A protected forest with riverfront views
With its captivating viewshed position above the Rock River, it’s the perfect place to reflect and observe wildlife in action — from herons hunting along the riverbank to bald eagles soaring overhead.
A private spot for your memorial
Choose a section that speaks to you, whether among the stately stands of oaks overlooking the river, a natural cathedral of old-growth trees, or the secluded heart of the forest where wild turkey roam.
A beautiful place for your loved ones to visit
As a popular wilderness escape, the Rock River Valley offers an abundance of outdoor recreation, including fishing, boating, and hiking in its many state parks and other protected lands.
How it works
Get to know us
Let us introduce ourselves and answer your questions. Learn about how we maintain our forests or how we help with personalized planning.
Tour a forest
Experience the sights and sounds of the forest and learn what makes each section unique. Tour online from the comfort of home or in-person with one of our forest stewards.
Gather your loved ones
When it’s time, your ashes are mixed with soil and returned to the base of your tree during a personalized memorial ceremony.
Leave a legacy
Give your loved ones a beautiful place to remember you and help protect a forest for future generations.
Find your perfect resting place
Each forest section has its own character. Explore our Rock River property in a guided, online tour with your advisor.
Riverside Bluff features river views from every tree
Savor a front row seat to natural wildlife entertainment along the river, from bald eagles soaring overhead to little woodland creatures that alight amongst the stately oaks.
Cathedral Grove is a sublime experience of old growth native trees
Featuring some of the oldest trees in the forest, feel as if you’re standing on hallowed ground in a natural cathedral.
Woodland Knoll is a secluded sanctuary
Cross a footbridge into this untouched area in the heart of the forest that’s full of hidden gems and roaming wildlife.
More about Better Place Forests
A beautiful place for you and your loved ones.
Serving you in life and beyond
During your tree selection
Explore the Rock River forest and the surrounding area with a free online tour from a trained advisor.
At your memorial ceremony
Our forest stewards ensure your memorial ceremony honors your wishes and provides your loved ones with a beautiful way to celebrate your story.
For years to come
From travel support to ensuring a peaceful visit, our local stewards are here for you and your loved ones.
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Ready to learn more?
Schedule your online tour today.