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Address: 2301 E Lake Shore Dr, Springfield, IL 62712-8908
Phone Number: +1 217-529-1111
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A native woodland garden designed by Jens Jensen located on the south side...

A native woodland garden designed by Jens Jensen located on the south side of Lake Springfield. This 100 acre site has 6 miles of wood-chipped hiking trails as well as a wonderful nature center.

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Awesome trails

What a great getaway in the middle of Springfield. The trails were well kept and the volunteer actually came out to us and made sure we understood the trail maps. 6 miles of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Jacque S
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Heyworth, Illinois
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Heyworth, Illinois
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19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a great getaway in the middle of Springfield. The trails were well kept and the volunteer actually came out to us and made sure we understood the trail maps. 6 miles of interconnecting trails in and out of woods. Lots of wildlife. The Lincoln quotes on the benches were a great asset. Loved this nature center.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

On our recent road trip to Indiana, we accidentally found the Gardens thinking that we were heading to Lincoln's tomb. Some of my favorite places have been found by getting "lost" and I have to add this to the list. I love birds, wildflowers, and butterflies and I found all three here. Lots of nice trails. We were near the... More 

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St. Louis
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91 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

If you are a nature lover, you should check this out. It has several walking trails and beautiful views of the lake. I wish it was dog friendly, but signs posted all over the place say no dogs are allowed. If you need to get out and have some time with nature and not drive far from town, this is... More 

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Corona, California
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179 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

We almost skipped this while in the Springfield area and are extremely happy we took the time to walk the trail down to Springfield lake and then along the shoreline. Many boats were on the lake with people fishing and enjoying the nice weather. The visitors center was closed because we arrived after 5 pm.

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Springfield, IL
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

This is a lovely gardens with many walking trails very close to the water on Lake Springfield. The trails are well maintained and the trees are gorgeous, especially the flowering ones in the spring and the leaf colors are spectacular in the fall.

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Helsinki, Finland
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38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

A great place for a light hike on a sunny day. Good views on Lake Springfield and interesting historical information available in the visitors center.

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Thank Heikki T
Missouri
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I have been to the gardens when we have taken anniversary trips to Springfield. We were there this morning. The trails are very well kept and very clean. I love the benches adorned with Abraham Lincoln quotes. We love to sit on a bench overlooking the water and take in the beauty of the garden. It's a... More 

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Thank Jinkies16
Alton, Illinois
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72 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

There are a number of small signs along the highways directing visitors to this garden along Lake Springfield. What they don't tell you is what an oasis this is from traffic, work, and everyday cares. And it's free.

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Chatham, Illinois
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

On a sunny day with good weather this is a wonderful place to take a long, slow stroll. Lots of native plant and flower species to see and some stone benches along the way to take a break. Parts of the trail take you right by the lake, which also has nice views.

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Thank Jay S
Springfield
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24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016

Before having kids, my wife and I used to come here and nature walk as a way to relax on the weekends. In fact, right after we were married and returned from our honeymoon, a nice man took a picture of us on one of the bridges and that picture is now in our home in a frame. Now that... More 

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