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Lincoln Memorial Garden And Nature Center

2301 East Lake Drive

The Garden represents the landscape Abraham Lincoln would have known growing up and living in the Midwest, containing plants native to the three states he lived in - Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. Designed by internationally-known landscape architect Jens Jensen, this 100-acre site features six miles of trails, footbridges, a pond, eight stone council rings, and dozens of wooden benches inscribed with Lincoln quotes. The woodland and prairie garden beckons to thousands of visitors year round - families, birdwatchers, photographers, artists, nature enthusiasts, and school children - to learn about nature and enjoy the wildflowers, trees and wildlife.


Colette Swiech

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
The park was landscaped by Jens Jensen, one of America’s greatest Landscape Architects. He also designed many parks in Chicago and other private designs such as the Henry Ford estate outside of Detroit. Mr. Jensen was an immigrant from Denmark. His story is fascinating. He believed in using natural materials and plants.

Rodney Yoswig

Sunday, March 18, 2018
We have attended the annual sausage & pancake breakfast for years. Food is always delicious, sausage is cooked outdoors over an open fire. Pancakes made fresh on site by volunteers. Maple syrup is pure fresh maple. They actually tap trees on site which is visible as walk I g to the main building. Additionally they offer a silent auction which is always different since items are often donated for this fundraiser. It's a great time to enjoy breakfast and the take a relaxing walk around the various trail systems.

Stacy Corwin

Monday, April 2, 2018
BEAUTIFUL!! We were visiting Springfield and wanted to find a place to be outside for a while. While the hiking is not rugged in the least, the paths do meander through some beautiful scenery and along a peaceful lake shore. We saw several kinds of birds (and enjoyed their tunes), and were lulled to relaxation by the calming sounds of little streams that run through the property. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Abe Lincoln quotes that grace the many benches that dot the pathways, offering plenty of opportunities to sit and enjoy the setting. As we walked, we ran into a family and struck up a conversation. Turns out they live very nearby and they were so pleasant and welcoming to us. The Lincoln Memorial Gardens are a gem and a treasure, not only to that community, but to anyone who might make their way for a walk in nature. Thank you to the caretakers and to those who saw the value in creating such a tranquil place.

Jill Turner

Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018
Beautiful serene setting. Well maintained easy to navigate trails. Great place to relax.

Tiffany Huggins

Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018
I always love it here. It's beautiful and you can find some pretty special spots if you look.

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