Official Springfield Illinois Visitors Guide - 2018 - 44
TaKE IN THE
After visiting our Abraham Lincoln historic sites and the
other great attractions Springfield has to offer, take a
break from the hustle and bustle and enjoy all the
wonderful green space in the city.
There are beautiful parks across the city, including
Lincoln Memorial Garden, a 100 acre preserve on the
shores of Lake Springfield, designed by famous
landscape architect Jens Jensen. The Garden
represents nature Lincoln would have seen during his
time in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois, and visitors can
hike the six miles of trails throughout the preserve.
Visit springfieldparks.org to learn more about the pristine
places you can visit to enjoy a picnic lunch, play a round
of golf or horseshoes, listen to a carillon concert or visit
a botanical garden. Springfield is also a bike friendly
town with miles upon miles of bike trails to ride or walk.
Lincoln Memorial Garden
Lake Springfield Marina
On the east shore of Lake Springfield, a 4,200-acre reservoir with 57
miles of shoreline, rentals are available for party barge boats, pontoons,
fishing boats, wave runners, paddle boats, stand-up paddle boards,
canoes, kayaks, water skis, tubes, wake boards and pull toys.
Lake Springfield is getting a reputation as one of the top lakes in the
state for bass, catfish and other sport fishing.
Biking, walking, running and in-line skating
The Lost Bridge Trail is a multi-use 5.6-mile trail starting behind the
Illinois Department of Transportation building in Springfield.
Sangamon Valley Trail runs 11.5 miles and can be used for biking,
walking, running, and in-line skating. Interurban Trail runs 8.8 miles
from Chatham to Springfield.
Carpenter Park is a 434-acre park on the north side of Springfield. Mainly
wooded and used for hiking, it's part of the Illinois Nature Preserve.
Sangchris Lake State Park boasts a 2.11-mile hiking trail for novices
Springfield Park District has four golf courses; Bunn, Lincoln Greens,
Pasfield and Bergen. Parks are open year-round with play weather permitting.
Lost Bridge Trail