Yes, we know that gas prices have crept up, but despite a couple of extra dollars to fill the gas tank, wouldn’t it be nice to get away for a while and enjoy a change of scenery?
In Marshall, Illinois, we can offer you a change of greenery with our amazing parks.
If you’re coming from one of the big cities in the area, it might be time to get out in the great outdoors. You don’t have to travel too far from home. We have everything you need to picnic, hike, boat, camp, or do some outdoor exercise.
Marshall is home to some of the best parks in Illinois, starting with our city parks:
Marshall City Parks in Illinois
You don’t have to go far from downtown to get some R&R. One great place to spend the day is Collier Park, aka 2nd Street Park. This town park, rich in history, is getting a facelift this spring with new playground equipment and an upgrade to the basketball court, which is being restored with a new fence and rims. The park grew year by year, starting with the construction of the Marshall Community Pool in 1956, followed by the basketball park in 1993, the playground in 1999, and the exciting addition of a skate park in 2005.
Collier park offers something for the whole family for a day trip staycation. If you want to relax (and maybe watch the kids wear themselves out), there are plenty of places for a picnic in the shade.
Mill Creek Park:
Ready to go for a weekend of camping fun? Campground season starts next month at
Mill Creek Park. This year enjoy the newly constructed boat ramp and improved OHV/ATV trails. Mill Creek Park boasts approximately 15 miles of trails, open from sun up to dusk. But please note that a waiver and permit must be obtained before getting out on them.
If it’s water you love, Mill Creek Park offers boating and fishing on its beautiful lake. Starting in May, you can even take a one-hour Pontoon tour. Gather 6 to 12 of your besties and spend an hour on the lake followed by lunch, which is included. If you’re more into the quiet of nature, there are foot and horse trails as well.
Rent a cabin, bring the RV, or pitch a tent and spend the weekend. There will be plenty to keep you busy.
Not too far from town is the Lincoln Trail State Park. The name comes from Abraham Lincoln’s family’s trail when headed from Indiana to Illinois in 1831. This state park of 1,023-acres offers some of the most beautiful and unusual plant life in the area. In fact, it is also the home of some very unique amphibians known as the Jefferson Salamanders. Check out a video that explains just how rare these little critters are: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=702571337411764
Camping, fishing, boating, and even hunting are all part of the daily activities at Lincoln Trail State Park. There are two Class A campgrounds. You can enjoy the great outdoors and all the comfort creatures you have at home, including electricity, water, toilets, showers, tables, and a sanitary dumping station.
More into roughing it? The campground also offers a Class C camping area where you can pitch your tent and commune with nature.
Not in the mood to cook over a campfire? Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner at the park’s full-service restaurant. The view of the lake is beautiful, and the cooking is home-made goodness. Have a quiet, relaxing meal at this lakeside gem.
Speaking of the lake, if you want to rent a boat and do a little fishing, head on over to the concession stand, and they will get you everything you need for a day on the lake, even some snacks to take along.
So, if you live in Illinois or a neighboring state, you don’t have to go far or spend a ton of gas to enjoy a great getaway with our parks. Just come to Marshall and get out in nature. Don’t forget to visit our great downtown shops and restaurants while you’re in the area.
Marshall… a great place to live and just as great a place to visit!