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Spring Nature Walks at New Salem
April 18 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Spring is a great time to get out and enjoy the sights and sounds of the forest. Join Menard County Trails & Greenways on April 18th at New Salem State Historic Site to explore the trails on the East Side of the park. Check in at our tent located in the parking lot of the old restaurant. We’ll have:
- Volunteers available to describe the various trails and help you decide which one(s) your friends and family might like to explore.
- Trail maps available for self-guided exploration.
- Guided walks available on the hour from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.
What to expect:
Cardinal Trail and Shickshack Trails are each approximately 1 mile in length on the ridge top through the woods; both are relatively flat and kid friendly. Both trails connect to other two other trails–Shady Hollow and Damselfly–which connect to each other at the bottom of the ridge at the Sangamon River. It’s possible to do all four trails for a nice 3.5 to 4 mile hike–though there is significant elevation change to consider.
Recommended: Sturdy footwear and drinking water (we’ll have a water cooler available for refilling your water bottle, but please arrive with a full bottle.)
We’ll be following current CDC guidelines. Please wear a mask and maintain 6 feet between people when interacting with others besides your family or circle of friends.
Rain date: May 2nd, 1:00-5:00 PM