Best Easy Day Hikes: Springfield, Illinois
by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)
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This is a rather unique trail. The trail starts by traveling through some prarie grasses. Walking through these in the fall is a little like walking through corn fields. The grasses are more than 6 feet tall, and you walk right through them. It makes for a very different feeling then walking through the woods.
After a short distance, the trail leads into the wooded areas. The trail itself is wide and quite easy to travel. There is not a great deal of elevation change during the majority of the hike, and it is easy to move along at a moderate pace.
As you get to the banks of the Sangamon River, the terrain changes a bit. The trail here does have some elevation changes, taking you atop the banks of the river, then dropping down to the water level. This is the only stretch of the trail that I would consider moderate in difficulty.
After a mile or less, the trail flattens out as it veers back away from the river. A nice path through the woods leads you back to the visitor center.
I haven't experienced many trails of this length that had this level of variation in the landscape. This is a really nice hike.
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