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ALTAMONT

Alwerdt's Gardens
3238 E. 800th Ave.
Step into paradise along the six acres of garden paths decorated with more than 1000 varieties of flowers, unusual perennials, fragrant herbs, trees and shrubs.
618-483-5798

Ballard Nature Center
5253 E. US Highway 40
The Center consists of 210 acres including woodlands, restored prairie, shallow water wetlands, nature trails, nature center with many exhibits, butterfly and hummingbird gardens and agricultural land.
618-483-6856


CHAMPAIGN

Prairie Farm
Centennial Park
Traditional farm animals such as sheep, pigs, horses, and goats are featured at prairie farms. The farm offers tours and trolley rides in addition to petting area.
217-398-2550
www.champaignparkdistrict.com


CHAMPAIGN/URBANA

Anita Purves Nature Center

1505 N. Broadway Ave
Located at the north end of Crystal Lake, this nature center is an environmental education facility. The center provides a natural resource to individuals, families, and groups interested in learning more about the outdoors.
217-384-4062
www.urbanaparks.org


CHARLESTON

Lincoln Prarie Grass Trail
5th & Railroad Ave.
Ride your bike or walk from Charleston to Mattoon on the Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail and combine physical activity with sighseeing.
217-348-0430
www.charlestontourism.org

Lake Charleston
IL Rt. 130
Enjoy the sparkling beauty of Lake Charleston. Biking and hiking are also available at lake park.
217-345-5650
www.charlestontourism.org


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DANVILLE

Lake Vermillion County Park
22296A Henning Rd.
Lake Vermillion County Park on Danville's northwest side offers a public boat ramp and picnic area. All the county parks have picnic shelters available for rent.
217-442-1691
www.vccd.org

Heron Wetland Boardwalk
West Newell Rd.
This 900 foot floating boardwalk is the 2nd largest of its kind in the state.
217-442-1691

Kennekuk County Park
22296 A Henning Rd.
The 3000 acre park includes a seven mile backpack trail among its 15 miles of trail system. Paddle boats, jon boats and pontoons are available for rental in season. Hunting and fishing in season
217-442-1691
www.vccd.org


DECATUR

Fairview Park
Has basketball, pavilions, pond, football/soccer field, swimming pool, ball field, restrooms, nature/bike trails, rose garden, tot lot, play area and tennis complex.
217-422-5911

Anna Bethel Fisher Rock Garden
Nelson Park Blvd. & Lake Shore Dr.
Landmark overlooking Lake Decatur, a favorite spot for a quiet stroll. Built in 1927. Secluded paths wind through rocky terraces.

Scovill Family Park Complex
71 South Country Club Rd.
Project Playground with wooden towers, forts, slides, swings and places to climb, jump and tunnel. Open 6am-10pm. Scovill Oriental Gardens, a Japanese style garden featuring Oriental sculptures and a graceful sod bridge.

Nelson Park
Swimming pool, rock garden, pavilion, miniature golf, batting cages, restrooms, marina/fuel, boat ramps, and a Waterfront Restaurant with panoramic views of Lake Decatur.

Mari-Mann Herb Farm
1405 Mari-Mann Ln.
Six rolling acres form a living herbal bouquet. Garden and gift shop are also some of the great things to see. Tours available. Classes offered.
217-429-1404
www.marimann.com

Fairview Park Bikeway and Rock Springs Center for Envionmental Discovery
3939 Nearing Ln.
This bikeway crosses the Sangamon River on a bridge spanning 224 feet. Wetland features and a pond along the 10 foot wide handicapped accessible trail can be enjoyed by hikers and bikers alike. 1,343-acre center puts visitors in touch with enviornment. Living history programs offered. Houses a restored 19th-Century farmstead.
217-423-7708


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HOMER

Homer Lake Forest Preserve
2573 S. Homer Lake Rd.
Fishing, boating, hiking, skiing and sledding. Environmental education center.
217-586-3360
www.ccfpd.org


HUDSON

Comlara Park Visitor's Center
1301 Recreation Area Dr.
An enviromental education facility which houses permanent audio/visual wildlife displays, artifacts originating from the site. Rotating summer exhibit.
309-726-2022
www.mcleancountyil.gov/parks/Camping.htm


LEROY

Grand Village of Kickapoo Park
Established in 1998 to honor the Kickapoo Tribe that inhabited this land from the mid-1700s until their removal in 1832. This privately owned park is open year-round to the public. The Park is host to one of the largest American Buffalo herds in Central Illinois.
309-962-2700
www.grandvillage.org


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LITCHFIELD

Shoal Creek Nature Area
This 266-acre area provides 700 species of plants and 70 different kinds of butterflies. The trails wind through woods, fields, and lakeshore. Great for hikers, birders, and photographers. Open Late March-Oct.
217-324-5253

Walton Park
Off Niemanville Trail on the south edge of town.
Home of the first Litchfield Chautauqua, where William Jennings Bryan and Carrie Nation spoke in 1905.
217-324-2533


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MAHOMET

Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden
North Rt. 47
The gardens boast some of the most beautiful and diverse flora in east-central IL. It also features the award-winning Miriam Davies Memorial Enabling Garden.
217-586-3360
www.ccfpd.org

Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve
109 S. Lake of the Woods Rd.
900-acre preserve features an 18-hole regulation golf course, 9-hole par 3 course and practice range, fishing, boating, hiking picnic areas, cross-country sledding, bike/pedestrian paths and more.
217-586-3360
www.ccfpd.org


MARSHALL

Mill Creek Park
20482 N. Park Entrance Rd.
2,600 acres of land and 811 acres of water, with 39 miles of shoreline. Picnic areas, campground, horse and ATV trails, cabins and boat rental.
217-889-3901


MATTOON

Douglas-Hart Nature Center
2204 Dewitt Ave. East
Features more than 60 acres of prairie, wetland and forest habitat. Programs and guided walks are conducted throughout the year.
217-235-4644
www.dhnature.org


McLEAN

The Sugar Grove Nature Center
4532 N 725 East Road
Offers environmental education, programs and special events. Observatory open for public and private astronomy viewing.
309-874-2174

MONTICELLO

Allerton Park and Retreat Center
515 Old Timber Rd.
Part National Natural Landmark, Allerton Park and Retreat Center was the private estate of Robert Henry Allerton who donated it to the University of Illinois in 1946. It has 1,500 acres of formal gardens, outdoor sculptures, trails, nature areas and the manor house, now used as a retreat and conference center. A great place to visit nature and to have weddings and special events.
217-333-3287
www.allerton.illinois.edu

MOWEAQUA

Moweaqua Living Memorial Tree Park
129 S. Main
A Beautiful park with native Illinois trees, grasses, and wildflowers. Each year a tree is planted in a person’s honor with a plaque and scientific name.
217-768-3019


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NEWMAN

Tower Rock
Island in Grand Tower
The Jackson County city of Grand Tower took its name from Tower Rock, a small rocky island on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River. At one time, a large crucifix was placed on the island by Catholic missionaries. Brochure available.
800-526-1500


NEWTON

Peterson Park
701 E. Marion
Features a playground, tennis courts, volleyball, batting cages, miniature golf, basketball and covered pavilions.
618-783-8451


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OAKWOOD

Kickapoo State Park
10906 Kickapoo Park Rd.
Kickapoo State Park offers 2842 acres for families to enjoy. The site shows how old strip mines can be reclaimed for recreational use. There are 22 deep-water ponds for fishing and boating, as well as access to the Middle Fork River.
217-442-4915
dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/PARKS/R3/Kickapoo.htm

Harry "Babe" Woodyard State Natural Area
10906 Kickapoo Park Rd.
The Woodyard area, named after a late state legislator, is the county's newest park. Its 1043 acres is home to more than a dozen species of theatened or endangered plants and animals. It is located three miles east of Georgetown.
217-442-4915
dnr.state.il.us/lands/LANDMGT/parks/R3/hbw.htm

Middle Fork State Fish & Wildlife Area
10906 Kickapoo Park Rd.
The Middle Fork area covers 3015 acres north of Oakwood. It features many campsites, including equestrian sites and trails, hunting and fishing. The Middle Fork Natural Scenic River runs through the area.
217-442-4915
dnr.state.il.us/lands/Landmgt/Parks/R3/MIDDLE.HTM


OBLONG

Oblong Lake & City Park
East side of town off IL Rt. 33
Visit our completely reconstructed lake area; fishing, picnic area, paved walking path (.6 mile) around lake, and playground.
618-592-4355


ONARGA

Onarga Park, "Durham Park"
West Lincoln
Contains a new pool, three ball diamonds, tennis court, soccer field, volleyball court and eating areas.


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PANA

Anderson Prairie
9th & Chestnut Streets
A 25-acre wildlife park featuring remnants of the original tallgrass Illinois prairiie. Butterfly house under construction.
217-562-4240
www.panaillinois.com


PONTIAC

Humiston Woods Nature Preserve
Pontiac
400 acres, woods, hiking, pond, Vermilion River and 15 acres of restored prairie.
815-844-7350


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RANTOUL

Hardy's Evergreen Acres And Reindeer Ranch
1356 CR 2900N
Three seasons of fun for the whole family. Enjoy an old fashioned BBQ, corn maze, go-cart races, hayrack rides, and of course the reindeer
217-893-3407
www.reindeerranch.com


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SHELBYVILLE

Forest Park
9th Street
Features a family aquatic center, basketball court, softball and baseball diamonds, sunken garden, picnic shelter, Crystal lake, and more.
217-774-3113


SHIRLEY

Sugar Grove Nature Center
4532 N 725 East Road
Offers environmental education, programs, and special events. Observatory open for public and private astronomy viewing.
309-874-2174


SPRINGFIELD

Adams Wildlife Sanctuary - Springfield
2315 E. Clear Lake Ave.
A green oasis located in the center of town, the sanctuary is open for hiking or strolling. The one mile nature trail is open from sunrise to sunset.
217-544-5781
www.springfield.k12.il.us/adamswildlife

Lincoln Memorial Garden (nature park)
2301 E. Lake Dr.
Located on the shores of Lake Springfield and designed by landscape architect, Jens Jensen, five miles of wooded trails lead you on a journey through the Illinois landscape Lincoln walked.
217-529-1111
www.springfield-il.com/attract/lingarden.html

Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon
Washington Park
Surrounded by gardens and a reflection pool, the magnificent bell tower in Washington Park is the third largest in the world, and one of the few that is actually open to the public.
217-753-6219
www.carillon-rees.org

Washington Park Botanical Gardens
1740 W. Fayette
One of Central Illinois’ major horticultural attractions. A domed conservatory filled with lush tropical foliage year-round.
217-753-6228

STREATOR

Veteran's Plaza, City Park
Hickory & Vermilion Streets
Monuments and plaques honoring servicemen in WWI, WWII, Korean War and Vietnam Conflict.


SULLIVAN

North Entrance To Lake Shelbyville
Rt. 4, Box 128B
15-mi. long lake with 250 mi. of shoreline. Camping, fishing, boating, marinas, & more.
217-774-3951


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URBANA

The Arboretum
Lincoln Ave/Florida Ave
Beautiful collection of gardens, flowers, and habitats. Visitors can experience nature's four seasons in a single setting.
217-333-7579
www.arboretum.uiuc.edu

Wandell Sculpture Garden
Windsor Rd & Race St.
This unique, free outdoor sculpture garden sits among 22 acres of re-created Illinois tallgrass prairie in a 130-acre community park. Works from local and national artists grace the gardens. New sculpture is rotated every second or third year.
217-367-1536
www.prairienet.org/upd


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WESTVILLE

Forest Glen County Preserve
20301 E. 900 North Rd.
Forest Glen Preserve, visitors can stroll through the #3 ranked arboretum in the state, a 40-acre restored tall-grass prairie, a recreated pioneer homestead or take a look at the big view from the park's 72-foot observation tower.
217-662-2142
www.vccd.org

Forest Glen Preserve
Located 7 miles east of Westville on County Hwy 5
1800 acre park with 72 foot observation tower, 25 mile trail system, 40 acre restored tall grass prairie, and 20 acre tree research area.
217-662-2146


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