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Twin Sister’s Woods

Download this issue!Twin Sister’s Woods – Rockford, IL
By Michael Kleen

Read about this location and more in Legends and Lore of Illinois: The Definitive Collection

Read about this location and more in Legends and Lore of Illinois: The Definitive Collection

Twin Sister’s Woods is located in Rockford and is part of Twin Sister Hills Park—22.44 acres of recreational land complete with two baseball fields and three sled hills. It is a popular winter destination, when the snow is thick and area youths come out to careen down the hill slopes, but some locals claim this park is home to more sinister guests. The woods, they say, has been the scene of several murders, hangings, and even a drowning. Add feelings of dread, disembodied voices, and mysterious figures and you have one of Rockford’s closely guarded secrets pertaining to ghostlore and the paranormal.

Twin Sister Hills Park is wedged between Keith Creek, 27th Street, and a shopping center called Rockford Plaza. To the south runs Charles Street, and East High School—with its own resident phantoms—stands on the opposite side of that street. Many of its students grew up sledding on Twin Sister Hills, and as they grew older, appropriated the nearby woods for less than family friendly activities. Twin Sister Woods is 8-acres enclosed on three sides by a fence on the west side of the park. An imposing willow tree, which is the focal point of several legends, sits at the entrance.

The legends of Twin Sisters are varied and quite imaginative. First told among local high school students, they eventually found their way into the Shadowlands Index of Haunted Places for Illinois…

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  1. R.W. McFarlane says:

    Born and raised in Rockford, I grew up 3 blocks away from Twin Sisters hills. Many winters of sledding, many summers of walking the creek. Smoked my first cigarrette in those woods. There was a rope there for many years that we used to swing back and forth over the creek. Spent days and nights on the hills and in the woods. In 53 years I have never heard of any killings in those woods, nor have I ever seen any ghosts. Smoked alot of the magic weed there and drank quite a few beers, but sadly no other spirit found me. I would be interested in hearing any accounts, or actual information about any murders having taken place there.

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