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Address: 2301 E Lake Shore Dr, Springfield, IL 62712-8908
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A native woodland garden designed by Jens Jensen located on the south side...

A native woodland garden designed by Jens Jensen located on the south side of Lake Springfield. This 100 acre site has 6 miles of wood-chipped hiking trails as well as a wonderful nature center.

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Nature at it's best

Nice trails with benches along the way with Lincoln quotes inscribed on them, looked forward to seeing more quotes as I walked along.

Reviewed 2 days ago
Amy S
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice trails with benches along the way with Lincoln quotes inscribed on them, looked forward to seeing more quotes as I walked along.

Thank Amy S
Springfield, United States
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great place for outdoor hiking, walking. Good shoes are recommended rather than sandals. Select places along trail have a great view of Lake Springfield.

Thank 287freek
Palatine, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I spent the first 22 years of my life not more than an hour from here and I had never heard of it until today (I'm 55). This was not Yellowstone or Yosemite, but I don't think anyone is expecting that, what it is, is large number of connecting trails through woods and along lake Springfield. It is perfect for... More 

Thank sehaare
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32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This area is typically not too busy (unless it's Fall) but is a beautiful, remote park in the Springfield area. The groundskeepers and volunteers keep the gardens in perfect condition. Definitely a little hidden gem no matter what time of year.

Thank Emily K
Springfield, Illinois
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107 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

If you enjoy walking through a woodland area that is easy to get to with easy walking paths, this is for you. There is a nature/visitor's center with a small gift shop. There are several walking paths that vary in distance with several having views of Lake Springfield. You will walk along paths through mature stands of hardwood trees and... More 

Thank AAAAwells
Springfield, Illinois
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

Took a wonderful fall hike/walk through this beautiful garden park. love the changing colors. trails are well kept and easy to follow

Thank Cindy F
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27 reviews
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

There's nothing 'gardenistic' about this garden. It really is just a bunch of trails through the woods around a lake. Mind you, they're decent trails. Great for a stroll or a run. But those who are expecting to see a garden will be sorely disappointed.

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Joel H, Manager at Lincoln Memorial Garden, responded to this review

Lincoln Memorial Garden is not a "flower garden". It is a native woodland garden. In the 1930s the original 60 acre tract only contained a handful of trees, the majority of the site was pasture. The Garden was planted according to a landscape plan designed by the renowned landscape architect, Jens Jensen. All of the trees and plants that one... More 

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Reviewed 29 August 2016

If you are looking for a place to explore this is it. Lots of walking trails for the family. The benches are fun to read, they have Lincoln quotes on them.

Thank Liz C
Heyworth, Illinois
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Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

What a great getaway in the middle of Springfield. The trails were well kept and the volunteer actually came out to us and made sure we understood the trail maps. 6 miles of interconnecting trails in and out of woods. Lots of wildlife. The Lincoln quotes on the benches were a great asset. Loved this nature center.

1 Thank Jacque S
Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2016

On our recent road trip to Indiana, we accidentally found the Gardens thinking that we were heading to Lincoln's tomb. Some of my favorite places have been found by getting "lost" and I have to add this to the list. I love birds, wildflowers, and butterflies and I found all three here. Lots of nice trails. We were near the... More 

2 Thank Kgeaton

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