Starved Rock State Park 'Tonty Canyon' © Bob Franklin
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Starved Rock State Park
'Tonty Canyon'
© Bob Franklin

Sand Ridge State Forest
'Fallen Acorns'
© Copyright Betsy Cox 2012

Fallen acorns on the forest ground of Sand Ridge State Forest.

Cave-In-Rock State Park
© Tracy Barnett

Matthiessen State Park
'Old Bridge'
© copyright 2011 McCormicks Photography


Bridge over Cascade Falls

Castle Rock State Park
'Overlooking River'
© Eric Hoffman


Beall Woods State Park
'Blue Bird '
© Copyrighted Image Joe D McDaniels Photography


One of the birds at Beall Woods

Matthiessen State Park
'Winter Thaw'
© copyright 2011 McCormicks Photography


View of Cascade Falls in early Spring.

Wolf Creek State Park
© All Images Copyright 2011 Watson Photography


Starved Rock State Park
'LaSalle Canyon'
© Bob Franklin

Illinois's Central Region Parks

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Parks in this region are near these Illinois Cities (click city name to see parks within 25 miles)

Beaver Dam State Park
Located in Macoupin County 7 miles southwest of Carlinville and situated in an oak/hickory woodland, Beaver Dam State Park offers a variety of recreational opportunities on its 750 acres. Fishing, picnicking, hiking, and tent and trailer camping are among the most popular activities. Although the beaver ........more >
Coffeen Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
Coffeen Lake is an attractive site with history of providing anglers and hunters success. The site was opened in 1986 and currently operates under a long term lease and management agreement between the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources and Ameren Energy Generating Company. This agreement grants authority ........more >
Crawford County State Fish and Wildlife Area
Crawford County State Fish and Wildlife Area is located two miles west and one mile south of Hutsonville, and seven miles north of Robinson, Illinois. The area is comprised of 1,129 total acres, with 1,100 huntable acres. Being roughly bisected from east to west by Huston Creek, the area is generally ........more >
Eagle Creek State Recreation Area
In east central Illinois--just minutes from Springfield, Decatur, Champaign, Effingham and surrounding communities--the Eagle Creek/Wolf Creek sites, facing each other across the central portion of Lake Shelbyville, provide the perfect setting for outdoor recreation, natural relaxation, and luxurious ........more >
Fox Ridge State Park
Fox Ridge State Park, just 8 miles south of Charleston in east-central Illinois is known for its steep, thickly wooded ridges, broad, lush valleys and miles of rugged, scenic hiking trails and covers 2,064 acres. In sharp contrast to the flat prairies of most of this section of Illinois, Fox Ridge ........more >
Hidden Springs State Forest
Hidden Springs State Forest formerly known as Shelby State Forest consists of approximately 1,200 acres of land near Clarksburg, 10 miles southeast of Shelbyville.........more >
Kaskaskia River State Fish and Wildlife Management Area
The Kaskaskia River State Fish Wildlife Area KRFWA is one of the largest state-owned and managed sites in Illinois. Located 35 miles southeast of St. Louis, Missouri, the area comprises more than 20,000 acres and extends along the Kaskaskia River from Fayetteville to the Mississippi River in St. Clair, ........more >
Kickapoo State Park
Where in Illinois can you go running or hiking, canoeing, fishing for trout, camping, hunting or scuba diving -- all against a backdrop of breathtaking natural beauty Kickapoo State Recreation Area near Danville in Vermilion County, that's where. The site is easily reached via Interstate 74. Once ........more >
Lincoln Home National Historic Site
My friends No one, not in my situation, can appreciate my feeling of sadness at this parting. To this place, and the kindness of these people, I owe everything. An emotional Abraham Lincoln opened his farewell remarks to the citizens of Springfield, Illinois with these words on February 11, 1861. Lincoln ........more >
Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park
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Lincoln Trail State Park
Whether you are looking for history, unusual plant life or recreation, Lincoln Trail State Park has something to interest you. Located just west of Illinois Route 1, two miles south of Marshall in Clark County, the area is named after the trail Abraham Lincoln's family followed en route from Indiana ........more >
Lincoln Trail State Park Lake
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Lincoln Trail State Park Lake Dam
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Middle Fork State Fish and Wildlife Areas
The Middle Fork State Fish Wildlife Area is located 6 miles north of the Interstate 74 exit at Oakwood. The area consists of 2,700 acres of grass, forest and cropland, and provides excellent wildlife habitat. The area is bounded on the east by Kennekuk Cove County Park and on the south by Illinois ........more >
Moraine View State Recreation Area
With fully developed facilities for picnicking, camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, boating, horseback riding and hunting, the 1,687-acre Moraine View State Recreation Area, with its 158-acre lake, is a beautiful, convenient and accessible locale for relaxation and recreation. When the glaciers of ........more >
Newton Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
Jasper County hosts the largest of three prairie chicken flocks till existing in Illinois. Large flocks were once a common sight in Illinois. The prairie chicken has earned fame through the uniqueness of its mating ritual. Central IL Public Service Company has designated approximately 240 acres of its ........more >
Railsplitter State Park
Edward R. Madigan 1936-1994 was honored for his lifelong dedication to state and national public service when Railsplitter State Park was renamed in his memory in 1995. The site is along Salt Creek in Logan County on the south edge of Lincoln.This 974-acre site is an ideal destination for those looking ........more >
Sam Parr State Park
For several decades the residents of Jasper County worked for a state park, assisted and encouraged by a former resident and conservationist, Sam Parr. In 1960, 72 acres of land were acquired by the Department of Natural Resources and the Jasper County Conservation Area became a reality. Additional ........more >
Sangchris Lake State Park
Located minutes east of Springfield and its Lincoln attractions, Sangchris Lake serves as a perfect home base for enjoying outdoor activities in central Illinois. Whether you're interested in fishing, boating, camping, hunting or family gatherings, Sangchris Lake provides an abundance of recreational ........more >
Spitler Woods State Park
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Walnut Point State Park
With its woods, water and wildlife, Walnut Point State Park in east-central Illinois has it all - from fishing, hunting and camping to hiking, picnicking and cross-country skiing. Conveniently located within a few miles of Interstate 57, U.S. Highway 36 and Illinois Route 133, the 631-acre site is 20 ........more >
Walnut Point State Park Lake
Although Walnut Point has numerous, developed recreational facilities, it still maintains many of its original natural features and attributes. Ash, oak, hickory, maple, walnut, locust and sassafras trees dominate the park's extensive wooded acres. The park features two winding and scenic tree-lined ........more >
Walnut Point State Park Lake Dam
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West Okaw River State Fish and Wildlife Management Area
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Wolf Creek State Park
In east central Illinois-just minutes from Springfield, Decatur, Champaign, Effingham and surrounding communities - the Wolf Creek/Eagle Creek sites, facing each other across the central portion of Lake Shelbyville, provide the perfect setting for outdoor recreation and natural relaxation for a day, ........more >
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