Outdoor Recreation

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.

Garden Hours
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.