* State Parks of Illinois

Here is a short list of state parks in the central and western regions of Illinois. These state parks are within driving distance of Springfield. If you wish to get specifics on the parks listed or are interested in other state parks, visit the Department of Natural Resources website


Starved Rock State Park Just about two hours north in Utica, IL  Start off at Starved Rock State Park and enjoy hiking and all that nature has to offer. Check out our SpringfieldMoms day trip blog post– we loved it! There’s an indoor waterpark resort just a few minutes away too.

Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area  This state park is located in Carlyle, IL, approximately 95 miles southeast of Springfield. It boasts having the largest campsite in Illinois. Other amenities include swimming pool, picnic areas, boating, and fishing. Sailboat regattas are held almost every summer weekend.

Beaver Dam State Park  Just 7 miles southwest of Carlinville, this park features fishing, hiking, cabins, lake activities, concession stand and a play area.

Edward Madigan State Fish and Wildlife Area Located on the south edge of Lincoln, this state park is home of the largest sycamore tree in Illinois. It also includes trails, canoeing and boating areas and picnic facilities.

Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area This state park is just 25 miles northwest of Springfield. It offers horseback riding trails, picnic areas, mountain bike trails and hiking trails.

Siloam Springs This state park is just east of Quincy. It is coined one of the most beautiful parks in Illinois. It features boating, canoeing rentals, concession stand, picnic areas, camping and hiking trails.

Sand Ridge State Forest Yes, it is true that among the flatlands of Illinois there is a state forest. This state forest is located in Forest City, Illinois (southwest of Peoria). It offers picnic areas, camping, equestrian trails and hiking trails.

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