Hiking adventure on the interpretive trail of giant City State Park, for an exciting and educational get away.

Beautiful Giant City State Park

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Need some time away? Down in Southern Illinois, in Makanda, Illinois,  near Carbondale, there rests an incredible State Park with an astounding  4,000 acres. Lying within the Shawnee National Forest  is Giant City State Park. This park is full of many different wild flowers and over 72 varieties of trees, which you learn about on an interpretive trail. The park […]

Abraham Lincoln Homestead, in New Salem village, prior to his life in politics.

New Salem State Park-Lincoln History

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Contributed by Barb Lindsoe Being born and raised in The Land of Lincoln, you would think I would have visited New Salem Village many times.  I have been fortunate to take school field trips to the location where Abraham Lincoln, the nation’s 16th president, is buried. As an adult, I have visited Gettysburg National Park. […]

New Salem Village State Park

Glorious State Parks, Beautiful Budget Travel

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The National Parks of the United States are well known around the globe, but what is not as commonly known is that the U.S. also boasts an amazing network of State Parks.  It may be a little surprising, considering that each state manages its own State Parks, independent of other states, or the national government. […]