Enjoy Nature in Springfield | Springfield, Illinois | Visit Springfield

As the weather starts to become crisp and cool, the trees are starting to change to beautiful hues of red, orange and yellow here in Springfield. Let’s just say, this is the perfect time to get out and enjoy nature. While out and about, we encourage you to take part of our SPI 7 in 7 Fall Competition. Download your Checklist, post images of your adventures to social by using #SPI7in7 and enter to win fun fall prizes. (Running Sept 8 - Oct 27) Find out more here and see why Fall in Springfield has never been so fun!

With the current situation we are in, it’s not as easy as it once was but we are here to say getting outside and breathing in the fresh air is what we all need. Yes, we need to stay out of crowded public places and yes, we need to practice social distancing but here’s the good news, we can do all of that at our parks, trails and green spaces. And we are here to encourage it!!

With so many parks, trails and green space in Springfield you will have plenty of space to get out and enjoy it all!

A few of our larger spaces
Southwind Park has 80 acres of amazing space including 2.5 miles of urban trails to enjoy. Bring your fishing poles and try to catch bluegill, catfish or bass in the lake that is located in the center of the park. 
Lincoln Memorial Garden & Nature Center offers over 5 miles of trails that lead you on a journey through IL woodland and prairie gardens that Lincoln would have known. See all the plants and flowers as the transition from summer to fall. You will be surrounded by color!Located on the shores of Lake Springfield you will also enjoy the crisp air blowing of the lake as you stroll by.
Washington Park has tons of large trees, wooded areas and rolling terrain throughout with two man made lagoons to enjoy. There is no way you will miss the colors of fall here. This is the perfect place to not only walk in but also enjoy a run or bike through. There are off road trails provided to do a little hiking too.
Adams Wildlife Sanctuary has over 40 acres of urban woodland, prairie and wetlands with plenty to explore this time of year. Trails in this sanctuary are open for hiking and strolling through.  Located in the center of town, this park is easy to find and enjoy.
A listing of all Parks click here

Just want a trail to enjoy the colors of fall?

Wabash Trail: 3 miles
Interurban Trail: 8.3 miles
More info on all Trails click here
Geocaching Trail Adventure...click here
Springfield Park District  is a great resource to see all the parks Springfield offers our visitors and locals. The parks cover approx. 60 square miles with over 2,500 square feet of parks with 13 miles of trails and included 4 golf courses that are sure to make your eyes happy with colors.  For a full listing click here.
Yes there are still rules while enjoying all of these places
1. Don’t go out if you have symptoms of COVID-19
2. Follow the CDC guidance of personal hygiene prior to visit the parks
3. Share the trails and warn others when passing 
4. Observe the CDC’s min of 6 feet social distancing at all times. 
5. Be prepared for limited access to public restrooms and water fountains
More info on the CDC Guidelines
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