Did you know that Macon County is home to some of the best spots for hiking, biking, and kayaking in all of Illinois? The Rock Springs Conservation Area is a 1,300-acre park in the Macon County Conservation District attracts nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts from all over the state. Visitors will tell you it’s the perfect place for an easy daycation, but for those who have never been, here are four ways to spend an afternoon at Rock Springs.
From quick and leisurely strolls to demanding physical challenges, Rock Springs features multiple hiking trails of varying distances and difficulties that lead you through different parts of the conservation area. These trails include:
- Prairie Path – 0.25 mi, easy
- Discovery Trail – 0.33 mi, easy
- Blusern Loop – 0.5 mi, easy
- Rodney T. Miller Wetlands – 0.25 mi, easy
- Woodland Trail – 0.5 mi, moderate
- Big Oak Loop – 1.3 mi, moderate
- Lookout Trail – 1.25 mi, moderate/difficult
- River Trail – 3.2 mi, difficult.
Most of the trails are also great for cross-country skiing during the winter.
Pedal down this paved, 3.74 mi bike trail that connects Rock Springs with Fairview Park and Kiwanis Park. The trail passes through some of the critical habitats found in the conservation area, such as the wetlands, pine forest, reconstructed prairie, and more. Be sure to stop at ever interpretive station along the way to learn about why these areas are critical to the surrounding wild and plant life.
Float & Paddle
Those who prefer canoes and kayaks over hiking boots and bicycles will be happy to know that Rock Springs provides access to the Sangamon River. Paddlers can expect to see many different types of wildlife throughout this delicate ecosystem, including the great blue heron, longnose garfish, beavers, and wood ducks!
Learn & Discover
Located in the heart of the Conservation Area is the Rock Springs Nature Center. Inside you’ll find a ton of fun things to do, such as The Ecocenter – an interactive museum exhibit designed to teach visitors about the natural history and native wildlife of Macon County. Visitors can also catch an educational film in the Bluestream Theater, enjoy the work of local artists, or peruse the Charles Franklin Shilling Library, or borrow equipment for fishing in the Sangamon River.
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