Menard County Trails & Greenways Vision

Enriched lives through a network of land and water trails that connect people to natural and cultural resources and encourages exploration and conservation.


Check out our Blog posts to read about ways our members are exploring and conserving our resources.

Discover the Nature and History of Menard County

Menard County Trails & Greenways promotes the development and use of a network of land and water trails that connect people to natural and cultural resources, encourages recreation, and advances the conservation of the county’s unique natural and cultural resources for the benefit of all.

Trails provide recreational opportunities that enhance the quality of life. People of all ages and interests use trail systems for scenic driving, strolling, hiking, running, bicycling, canoeing, kayaking, etc.

Greenways are corridors of land and water that are valuable for their natural qualities and opportunities for human recreational use. Greenways can be high quality natural areas in need of protection to degraded areas that need to be rehabilitated.

Trails and Greenways benefit our health, our environment and our local economy.


Check out Ways to Discovery! where we’ll be adding places to hike, bike, and visit in around Menard County. 

About

Menard County Trails & Greenways promotes the development and use of a network of land and water trails that connect people to natural and cultural resources, encourages recreation, and advances the conservation of the county’s unique natural and cultural resources for the benefit of all.

Trails provide recreational opportunities that enhance the quality of life. People of all ages and interests use trail systems for scenic driving, strolling, hiking, running, bicycling, canoeing, kayaking, etc.

Greenways are corridors of land and water that are valuable for their natural qualities and opportunities for human recreational use. Greenways can be high quality natural areas in need of protection to degraded areas that need to be rehabilitated.

Trails and Greenways benefit our health, our environment and our local economy.

VISION

Enriched lives through a network of land and water trails that connect people to natural and cultural resources and encourages exploration and conservation.

BEGINNINGS

We began in 1999 as a Menard County committee, tasked with developing a comprehensive plan for trails and greenways in Menard County. The plan was  administered by the Menard County Trails Committee who prepared the plan for the Menard County Board of Commissioners. The Comprehensive Plan for Trails and Greenways in Menard County was finalized and published in 2001. Upon completion of the Plan, the Trails Committee chose to continue to work together to implement the Plan. Therein, Menard County Trails & Greenways formed. 

Menard County Trails & Greenways is supported 100% by tax deductible donations.

Ways to Discovery!

Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site

Location:  IL 97, 2 miles south of Petersburg (Entrances to East & West sides 39.975609, -89.841523)
What to do:  Hiking, bird watching, historic village, Theater in the Park, canoe/kayak Sangamon River access, playgrounds, picnicing, campground
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Wayside Park

Location: IL 97 & IL 123 (39.944873, -89.845868)
What to do:  Visit Council Circle, enjoy Pollinator Wayside (coming spring 2020) and historic Wayside Hawthorn, volunteering
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Riverside Nature Park

Location: IL 97 south edge of Petersburg (40.004680, -89.845446)
What to do:  Hiking, bird watching, fishing, canoe/kayak Sangamon River access

Hurie Park

Location: 600-698 E Sangamon St, Petersburg (40.011847, -89.842441)
What to do:  Walking, bird watching, Sangamon River views, playground, ball fields

Sangamon Valley Trail – Cantrall Access

Location: 2900 Cantrall Creek Rd, Cantrall, Sangamon County, IL (39.894785, -89.709335)
What to do:  Walking, bicycling, bird watching, Sangamon River views
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J. Edgar Panther Creek State Fish & Wildlife Area

Location:  In Cass County, west of Petersburg (39.996262, -90.069577)
What to do:  Hiking, bicycling, camping, canoeing/kayaking on lakes, bird watching

Sangamon River – Lincoln Heritage Water Trail

From its headwaters in  McLean County Illinois the Sangamon River winds its way 240 miles through the relatively flat landscape of central Illinois to its confluence with the Illinois River at Beardstown.  The stretch between Springfield and Petersburg, part of the Lincoln Heritage Water Trail, is of particular interest to MCTG.
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Join / Renew

Join Menard County Trails & Greenways

Menard County Trails & Greenways envisions inspired and healthy citizens fostering a culture of pride in and conservation of the natural and cultural resources throughout Menard County and beyond….

We host events such as the Sangamon River Fall Float, sponsor community service projects such as maintaining Wayside Park,  Earth Day cleanups at our parks and Adopt-a-Highway along Rt 97, do volunteer trail maintenance at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site and much more.

Will you join us?  

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