What we're about

This is a group for anyone that loves to walk and hike in the great outdoors. I started this group to explore the local trails and meet other outdoor enthusiasts. We have a short, local "after-work" hike about once a week, and an occasional longer (half-day or all-day) hike on the weekends to discover the trails and parks within an hour or two of Springfield. We also organize more adventurous hiking trips to Italy, Ireland, Spain, France, Iceland and Slovenia. We like to have picnics, trailside wine tastings, and ALWAYS an apres-hike bite to eat.
People of all skill levels are welcome, but you should be able to hike for at least an hour at an easy pace. This is an adult group, however on rare occasions I may have a "kids allowed" hike, but it will be announced in the title of the hike.

Upcoming events (5)

Lincoln's Tomb and Oak Ridge Cemetery

Lincoln Monument Association

Springfield is the final resting place for Abraham Lincoln, and his tomb, and the surrounding Oak Ridge Cemetery, provide a terrific opportunity for a good walk. We will stay on the paved portions of the Cemetery, so this is an easy walk, with a little bit of a hill when we go to the north part of the cemetery. We will also circle around to the west to walk past the War Memorials. There are many unique headstones and memorial markers throughout the cemetery, and some of these go back to some the earliest settlers in the Springfield area.

Dogs are allowed in the cemetery, but must be leashed at all times and cleaned up after.

Parking will be at the visitor's parking area, and our group will meet at "The Nose". We'll hike for about an hour and a half, which will total between 3 and 4 miles. I do plan to pause the hike for a few minutes at the War Memorials. The Apres is still TBD, and it will be posted as a separate event immediately after this one.

Apres’ at Boone's Saloon for the Lincoln's Tomb Hikers

This Apres-party is for the hikers on the Oak Ridge Cemetery and Lincoln's Tomb event earlier in the evening.

Boone's has been around the Springfield scene for generations. A hub in the outskirts of downtown, they've played host to many legislative folk throughout the years, since they are just a block away from the Capitol.

Lake Lou Yaeger Hike

Lake Lou Yaeger

We will be hiking on the trails on the Route 66 Hike & Bike Trail at Lake Lou Yaeger near Litchfield, IL. With uneven wooded terrain, this trail would be considered easy to moderate depending on the area. We'll encounter flat terrain to steeper downgrades. Parts of the trail go right to the shore of the lake. We will end up hiking between 4 and 4.5 miles.

We will meet at the trail head at Picnic Area 3 (see the trail map in the photos section), and start hiking at 9:30 AM. We'll hike for about 2 hours. Dogs are welcome, but must remain leashed.

The trails are shared with mountain bikers, so we will occasionally encounter them on the trails.

Apres-Hike: TBD

Centennial Prairie Park + SVT

Sangamon Valley Trail Parking

Centennial Park, located on the far southwest side of Springfield, encompasses 190 acres and was added to the park district in 1997. The park features a 70-acre prairie restoration on the west side of the Sangamon Valley bike trail. The Friends of the Sangamon Valley help maintain the prairie by leading prescribed burns, exotic species removal and other stewardship activities.
We'll explore the winding grassy paths through the prairie restoration area, then venture onto the Sangamon Valley Trail, then finish it off with a jaunt through Centennial Park itself. Total of about 3.5 miles, around 90 minutes, a fairly easy route. Bring a hat, sunblock and bug spray.
We'll meet in the small parking lot at the SVT trailhead at the far southwest corner of the park. If we have a large group, (which we usually do), then that parking lot will probably not be big enough, so you may find yourself parking at the larger lot about 200 yards away and walking to meet us. Look for my red Toyota Land Cruiser in the parking lot.
Apres-hike location: TBA

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