Best Easy Day Hikes: Springfield, Illinois Guide Book

by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)
Best Easy Day Hikes Springfield, Illinois  by Johnny Molloy

112pp/maps
ISBN: 0762771739

Best Easy Day Hikes Springfield, Illinois includes descriptions and detailed maps for twenty easy-to-follow trails where hikers can roam prairies, escape into rich woods, travel along rivers, and explore both old and recent history.

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Trails from the "Best Easy Day Hikes: Springfield, Illinois" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 20.
... Preview: One of Springfield’s oldest parks and a designated Illinois state nature preserve, Carpenter Park presents rich woodland rising from the banks of the Sangamon River. A series of interconnected trails ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Springfield, Illinois"
Springfield, IL - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.1
... Preview: This loop makes a circuit near the least visited of the three lakes at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area. It leaves the parking area to bisect its dam, and then rambles through thic ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Springfield, Illinois"
Petersburg, IL - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 1.6
... Preview: This hike follows an asphalt greenway through one of Cen- tral Illinois’ most historic parks—Fairview Park in the town of Decatur. You will start on its east end and work your way through the grounds, ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Springfield, Illinois"
Decatur, IL - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 3
... Preview: This asphalt path travels by many highlights on its way from Rock Springs Conservation Area to Fairview Park. Leave the Rock Springs visitor center and travel through prairie, passing a pond. You undu ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Springfield, Illinois"
Springfield, IL - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 3.4
... Preview: This hike will take you to two of them. Start down low in the Panther Creek Valley and make a likely wet ford of Panther Creek. The trail enters a steep walled hollow deeply shrouded in hardwoods. It ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Springfield, Illinois"
Petersburg, IL - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 2.5
... Preview: This loop trail was specifically designed for foot travel only. You will start at the boat ramp on Gridley Lake, and then span a little bridge. From there you will work around the many arms and finger ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Springfield, Illinois"
Petersburg, IL - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.9
... Preview: Enjoy a view of four counties from atop Blue Mound, located within the boundaries of the Griswold Conservation Area. This small preserve, encircled by farmland, presents a chance for nature to thrive ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Springfield, Illinois"
Taylorville, IL - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
... Preview: Situated at water-oriented Sangchris Lake State Park, this forgotten path leaves the state park campground, exploring uplands rising from the South Fork Sangamon River. The jungle-like trail delves de ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Springfield, Illinois"
Edinburg, IL - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.4
... Preview: The Interurban Trail is part of the growing network of interconnected paths in Springfield. This section starts in Chatham, just south of Springfield, and travels a mostly wooded corridor to meet Lake ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Springfield, Illinois"
Springfield, IL - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 4.6
... Preview: This trail at Weldon Springs State Park circles a scenic spring-fed lake. Along the way you will enjoy good views of the 29-acre impoundment, as well as stopping by fishing platforms, crossing the lak ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Springfield, Illinois"
Clinton, IL - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: This hike encompasses two trails emanating from one trail head. First, the West Lick Creek Trail takes you across Lick Creek through bottomlands and hills past big trees. After returning to the trailh ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Springfield, Illinois"
Springfield, IL - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 3.8
... Preview: This rail trail runs between Taylorville and Pana. This sec- tion starts at Lake Taylorville and travels north. You will follow a level asphalt track up a wooded corridor, spanning a creek on a trestl ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Springfield, Illinois"
Taylorville, IL - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 3.2
... Preview: This hike takes place at Rock Springs Conservation Area. You will enjoy Central Illinois human and natural history on this shorter trek. First visit the Trobaugh-Good House, a historic antebellum prai ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Springfield, Illinois"
Springfield, IL - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.3
... Preview: This paved path starts at Illinois Department of Transportation headquarters, circles by a pretty lake, and then joins an old railroad grade heading southeast. You will be hiking with IDOT employees a ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Springfield, Illinois"
Springfield, IL - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: This hike explores the natural side of New Salem State Historic Site, a reconstructed historic village where Abraham Lincoln lived six formative years. The hike travels through forest along Rocky Bran ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Springfield, Illinois"
Petersburg, IL - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.3
... Preview: This hike at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area travels around alluring Prairie Lake. True to its name, the impoundment is bordered by wood and meadow. The Lakeside Trail leaves the ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Springfield, Illinois"
Petersburg, IL - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 3.8
... Preview: This challenging yet rewarding hike travels the far reaches of Rock Springs Conservation Area. Leave the visitor center and hike over prairie and past a pond. Dip into thick river- side woods and come ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Springfield, Illinois"
Springfield, IL - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.6
... Preview: This trail at Edward R. Madigan State Park travels bottomland along scenic Salt Creek. Leave the Salt Creek Canoe Launch North, and then travel upstream under a canopy of tall silver maples, ash, and ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Springfield, Illinois"
Lincoln, IL - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.9
... Preview: Explore a restored Central Illinois prairie as well as a wetland and a pair of historic buildings here at Weldon Springs State Park. The Schoolhouse Trail is a big birding destination, with several bl ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Springfield, Illinois"
Clinton, IL - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: This popular urban trail traces an old railroad grade through the southwest side of Springfield. The trek starts in a commercial part of the city, and then passes through a residential area. The level ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Springfield, Illinois"
Springfield, IL - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 4.2
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