The McCully Heritage Project
Facilities and programs that provide the opportunity for the public to appreciate the natural, historical & cultural resources of the lower Illinois River valley. 15 miles of hiking and horseback trails, scenic overlooks, two fishing ponds, wildlife and bird watching, wildflowers and trees, geocaching, picnic areas, wetland with a boardwalk, and a birding trail & bird nest exhibit.
Visit website or call for hours as well as a full list of activities & events.
Emma Mae Leonhard Wildlife Sanctuary & Nature Trail
Quarter-mile nature trail with side trails along Lake Mauvaisterre. Suitable for hiking, biking, jogging and viewing local wildlife & plant life. Trails include tree identification signs.
Closes at dusk.
Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
Located in the heart of the Mississippi Flyway. It lies in the floodplain between two major waterways - the Mississippi & Illinois Rivers. Bicycling, boating, fishing, hiking and more are available.
Visitor Center - Monday thru Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Adams Wildlife Sanctuary
The sanctuary is located in the center of Springfield and has a one-mile trail that is open for hiking or a leisurely stroll. There is also a woodland area and restored prairie set aside for a nature study area. Headquarters of the Illinois Audubon Society.
Trails open from sunrise to sunset.
Lincoln Memorial Garden & Nature Center
Founded in 1935, the Garden represents the landscape that Abraham Lincoln would have known growing up and living in the Midwest. It contains plants native to Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky, the three states that Lincoln lived in. Designed by Jens Jensen, the 100-acre site contains six miles of trails, footbridges, a pond, eight stone council rings and dozens of wooden benches inscribed with Lincoln quotes. Located on the shore of Lake Springfield, it is considered a living memorial to Abraham Lincoln and not a public park. See website for Visitor Etiquette.
Daily: Sunrise to Sunset
Nature Center Hours
Tuesday thru Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.