Recreation & Sports

Visit Springfield, IL and find plenty of recreation and sports options to keep you busy. Hit the links at one of ten golf courses or spend the day boating and fishing on beautiful Lake Springfield. Stroll through Lincoln Memorial Garden or bike one of our many trails. Springfield even boasts a local hockey team, the Springfield Jr. Blues, and baseball team, the Springfield Sliders!
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Adams Wildlife Sanctuary

Home of the Illinois Audubon Society headquarters, the 40 acres of woods and prairie are open to visitors during daylight hours.

Bunn to Lost Bridge Trail

This 1.5 mile trail is an extension of the Lost Bridge Trail from Rochester. Street Crossings on Dirksen Pkwy and Taylor Ave. Trailheads at IDOT Builing on Dirksen Parkway (parking lot) and at Abundant Faith Christian Center (parking lot).

Interurban Trail

The Springfield Park District's Interurban Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail is a 7-mile recreational trail beginning at the corner of Wabash Avenue & MacArthur Blvd. The trail proceeds in a southerly direction following the abandoned Interurban Railroad Right-of-Way to the town of Chatham. The asphalt surface trail is open year-round to bicycles, skating, jogging, and hiking.

Lincoln Memorial Garden & Nature Center

Designed by famed landscape architect, Jens Jensen, as a living memorial to Abraham Lincoln, the Garden features 6 miles of wooded trails on the shores of Lake Springfield, as well as a gift shop and Nature Center.

Lincoln's New Salem

Step back in time nearly 200 years as you walk the streets of this reconstructed pioneer village where Abraham Lincoln lived and worked as a young man.

Lost Bridge Trail

The Lost Bridge Trail, stretching nearly 5 miles from Springfield's eastside to its sister community,Rochester, is built on the old Baltimore and Ohio Railroad line. This asphalt surface trail, bordered by dense tree lines, woodland and prairie flowers, is open to trail users including walkers, runners, bicyclists, rollerbladers, strollers and wheelchairs.

Riverside Stables

Scenic trail rides along the beautiful Sangamon River. Kayak & Canoe rentals, 7 days a week. Call for availability. Relax, enjoy Mother Nature. Travel some of the same trails Abe Lincoln did. Slow down and enjoy a scenic adventure today.

Sangamon Valley Bike Trail

The first 5.5 mil segment of the 38-mile Sangamon Valley Trail opened in summer of 2011 & runs between Cenennial Park & Stuart Park in Springfield. When complete, the trail will link Girard and Athens, as well ast towns between.

Wabash Trail

Also connects to the 7-mile Interurban Trail via a connecting sidewalk. The paved Wabash Trail extends 2.2 miles along Springfield's southwest side. The trail begins at Robbins Road and continues all the way to Park Street. Great for rollerblading, hiking and biking.

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