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 for a quiet and peaceful experience.
The State of Illinois acquired the land in 1970 from the Department of Mental Health. Development of the park started in 1971.
Species of trees now in the area include oak, walnut, sycamore, ash, hackberry and hickory. The park is the home of the largest sycamore tree in Illinois. Native birds and wildlife abound.
History of the Area
The park is located near several historical sites in and around the city of Lincoln. The Stephen A. Douglas site, the Postville Courthouse, Lincoln College Museum and the Mount Pulaski Courthouse are but a few of the many sites to visit.
Secluded picnic areas have tables, outdoor stoves and toilets. Drinking water and shelters are available at several locations. Park visitors will also find playground equipment available as well as horseshoe pits.
The park offers a scenic seven mile hiking/bicycle trail, which meanders gently through a variety of grasses, trees and creek bottoms. There is also a 3/4 mile jogging trail for physical fitness enthusiasts.
Within a 10 minute drive from Starved Rock and even closer to Matthiessen State Parks you will find a gorgeous, tranquil property with spacious cabins on 50 wooded acres. All with full kitchens and outdoor fire pits. 3 dog friendly.
Relax in the rustic beauty and comfort of Starved Rock Lodge, Cabins and Starved Rock Inn. The historic Lodge has 69 guest rooms, which include three bay-window rooms, plus cabins nestled in the woods. Fireplaces can be found in four of the eight sunset cabins near the pool area...