Imagination Grove at the Sugar Grove Nature Center is well worth the short drive from Champaign-Urbana — find out why we love this natural playscape.
A beautiful (and large!) state park located smack dab between Champaign-Urbana and the Chicago area makes a perfect outdoor meet-up spot for the warmer months when you’re making plans with friends and family.
Weldon Springs State Park, less than one hour from Champaign-Urbana, makes for a quiet retreat into nature for families.
The Sangamon River Forest Preserve, located between Mahomet and Fisher, is a quiet nature escape with very doable trails for your family to enjoy together.
Sure you can stick to the paved trails for a walk, but if you’re looking for adventure mere footsteps beyond the parking lot, head to Buffalo Trace in Mahomet for creek stomping and hiking to the max.