Recreation

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.
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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

This 8.3 mile trail Connects to the Wabash Trail at the Wabash Trail head located at the intersection of Wabash Ave and Park Ave.

It heads south under Interstate 72 near the MacArthur extension. It crosses the lake on a refurbished railroad bridge and continues into Chatham, ending at Walnut Street.

The trail is very scenic even with its close proximity to the active railroad line. Most of the trail passes through areas that are open farmland or scattered housing.


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.

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

Come explore miles of scenic trails alone the Sangamon River.

Sangamon Valley Bike Trail

This 5.5 mile trail is a mostly shaded route that takes travelers from Stuart Park on the northwest side of town to Centennial Park on the southwest side. The trail includes scenic bridges over highway 97, Washington St, and Old Jacksonville Rd.

Additionally, there is a bridge over the valley between Highway 97 and Washington St.


Wabash Trail

This 3-mile trail is located on Springfield's southwest side. It follows an old railroad right-of-way that is also used as an overhead electrical transmission corridor.

The trail begins near the intersection of MacArthur Blvd and Wabash Ave. It continues west to Park Ave where a parking lot trail head is provided. It continues west across Chatham Rd and Veterans Pkwy and terminates at Robbins Rd.

The trail extends along residential, commercial and some industrial land uses. Along the route, Wabash Trail passes by Vredenburgh and Westchester parks. These parks could be used as trail heads providing parking and other facilities for people using the trail.


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