Near Cottonwood Cove, which is located in Springfield, Illinois, there are many beautiful displays of nature. Some have been left completely natural while others have been developed into parks and scenery spots. Whether you like the out-of-doors, play sports, enjoy walking your dog, or just need to get outside once in a while, you may be interested in what these locations have to offer.

Here are some of your options if you’re looking for the best parks and scenery spots near Cottonwood Cove by Cambio Communities in Springfield, Illinois.

Washington Park

Here you will find tennis courts, lakes, and a variety of unique amenities in a well-cared-for city park setting. With five out of a five-star rating, you'll find Washington Park located on S. Grand Ave. W. in Springfield.

Southwind Park

This park is appropriate for the entire family but children, specifically, will have an interactive blast with pond fishing, playable chimes, a giant sundial, a playground, a splash pad, and much more. Southwind Park is ADA accessible and covers roughly 80 acres. With a geothermal system, solar panels, wind turbines, and wetlands, it is extremely eco-friendly. The setting and amenities are rated five out of five stars and the park can be found on S. 2nd St. in Springfield.

Lincoln Memorial Garden Nature Center

With a rating of 4.5 out of five stars, this botanical garden setting offers hiking/nature paths for 6 miles of beauty and a bit of exercise. The area is nicely shaded in areas and well-maintained. Grab a map at the visitor center to help you navigate the trails. Note: there are no dogs or bikes allowed.

The Lewis Memorial Acres

If you love trails and hiking, this park is the perfect spot for you! The best place to hike in Lewis Memorial Acres is the Lewis Memorial Acres Outer Loop. The elevation gain on this 2.9-kilometer-long trail is 26 meters. Hiking typically takes 36 minutes. This trail is wonderful for family hikes or if you prefer strolling through with your partner. Enjoy the breath of fresh air while you embark on this trail at Lewis Memorial Acres.

Riverside Park

West of Business Route 55 (Peoria Road), on the town's far north edge, is where 470 acres of Riverside Park are found. The Sangamon River, Carpenter Park, and the railroad are all near the park's northern and western edges. The south and east sides of the park are surrounded by a mix of industrial, commercial, and residential uses. On the park's southeast area, it offers 13 campsites with water and electric hookups, 87 campsites with water and electric hookups, and areas for primitive camping. This is the ideal spot to bring your family out on the weekend to enjoy a wholesome camping trip.

Sangcrhis Lake State Park

Sangchris Lake State Park, just a short drive from Springfield, is the ideal starting point for outdoor pursuits including boating, fishing, picnics, and family get-togethers amid native forests such as maple and oak. The park covers a total area of more than 3,000 acres and has 120 miles of shoreline on Sangchris Lake. Both the Deer Run and Hickory Point campgrounds offer camping close to the lakeshore, with accessible campsites at each location.