It’s warming up out there and the trees and flowers are starting to bloom here is Springfield. Let us just say this is the perfect time to get out and enjoy nature. With the situation we are in its 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 the 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: Offering an unique 80 acres of space with 2.5 miles of urban trails to enjoy. Bring your fishing poles and catch bluegill, catfish or bass in the lake in the center of the park. 
Lincoln Memorial Garden & Nature Center: Over 5 miles of trails that lead you on a journey through IL woodland and prairie gardens that Lincoln would have known. Located on Lake Springfield you will also enjoy the fresh air blowing of the lake as you stroll by.
Washington Park: Enjoy large trees, wooded areas and rolling terrain throughout with two man made lagoons. This park 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: With over 40 acres of woodland, prairie and wetlands there is plenty to explore. Trails in this sanctuary are open for hiking and strolling through.  Located in the center of town, this park is easy to find. Its also the state headquarters for the Illinois Audubon Society
A listing of all Parks click here
Want just a trail??
Wabash Trail: 3 miles
Interurban Trail: 8.3 miles
More info on all Trails click here

Geocaching Trail here
Springfield Park District is a great resource to see all the parks Springfield offers our visitors. The parks cover approx. 60 sq miles with over 2,500 square feet of parks with 13 miles of trails and included 4 golf courses. 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
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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