Edward R. Madigan State Park

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Park Rule: On Leash
Restroom: Unknown
Park Size: Large
Small Dog Area: No
Fee: None
Description

Looking for a new place to take your furry friend? Then pack up your pooch and head over to Edward R. Madigan State Fish and Wildlife Area. Formerly known as Railsplitter State Park, this paswome parcel of land spreads across 974 acres of furrific wilderness. 

A seven mile trail wanders through the lovely woodland, grassland, and riparian terrain. Your pal will have plenty of room to burn off some of their canine energy. Of course, you can always hike part of the trail if they are in the mood for a short walk. There is also a separate jogging trail that’s less than a mile. Be sure to carry enough water, your pup will want a cold drink after their workout. And help keep the park smelling fresh by bringing some clean up bags and picking up after your doggo.

When it comes to wildlife, this park really lives up to its name. Your pooch will love touring the property and discovering the various types of flora and fauna. Groves of white oak and hickory provide ample shade. Clumps of ash, hackberry, and black walnut add to the park’s beauty. Salt Creek runs along the park’s eastern border. It is full of bass, bluegill, carp, and channel catfish, so bring your rod and reel along. As for critters, keep your eye open for raccoons, rabbits, and hawks. You'll probably catch a glimpse of the large deer herd that calls this place home. 

Besides hiking and wildlife watching, this park is a great place for canoeing and hunting. While there are no camping facilities, there are several picnic areas that have tables and outdoor stoves. Bring some lunch and stick around for an outdoor meal with your favorite four legged friend. The park even has a playground and a couple horseshoe pits. 

This is definitely one park your pup will want to visit again and again!

Address
1366 1010 Avenue
Lincoln, IL 62656
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
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Address
1366 1010 Avenue
Lincoln, IL 62656
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours