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Springfield, IL: Robert Allerton Park

Stop for a bluff-top look at the Sangamon River on this 4.1-miler that loops through lush forests in a designated National Natural Landmark—and one of the Seven Wonders of Illinois.

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This 4.1-mile loop on the south side of Allerton Park and Retreat Center tours two of the park’s interpretive trails. Beginning at the Buck Schroth Interpretive trailhead, this counter-clockwise loop cruises dense upland woods laden with silver maple and shagbark hickory and skirts a bluff above the Sangamon River—allow a few extra minutes for tracing side trails to the shoreline.
In spring, wildflowers such as jack-in-the-pulpit and Virginia bluebells line the trail as it swings away from the river and joins the Blue Trail at mile 1.25. The loop’s western edge rolls through lush hickory- and maple-blanketed forest and crosses several intermittent streams before turning east back to the Red Trail. Near loop-end, you’ll skirt one of Illinois’ oldest restored prairies before backtracking a few hundred yards to the trailhead.
-Mapped by Ted Villaire

To Trailhead

I-72 to exit 164 (toward Monticello). In Monticello, turn right on Market St. Turn right on Marion St. Turn left on Allerton Rd. Go 3.5 miles, then turn right at the sign for Schroth Trail parking lot.

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