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. […]

View from Waterfall at the Sink Hole, Falling Waters State Park, Florida.

Falling Waters State Park, Florida

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By Barbara Lindsoe Falling Waters State Park is located 3 miles south of Chipley, Florida.  It is easily accessible from I-10.  Twenty-four full facility camp sights, equipped with electricity, fresh water, picnic tables and grills and a clothesline, are available for campers.  The restrooms and showers have recently been updated. A peek into the forest […]