Rock Springs Conservation Area is a 1,300 acre park located 4 miles southwest of Decatur, Illinois. Centering on the Rock Spring Nature Center, a small environmental-education museum and community center, it is the largest parcel of parkland, in terms of surface area, in Macon County.Rock Spring is a natural outflow of water from the sandstone bluffs on the south bank of the Sangamon River. The spring was a meeting point for local Native Americans. Around 1915 and 1916 a bottling plant bottled spring water for sale to local merchants. Only ruins of the building remain today. Nearby is Miller's Mill, the site of a 19th-century gristmill that ground local maize into cornmeal. There is an informational kiosk on the trail overlooking the mill site which tells the history of the mill.The area surrounding the springs consists of Sangamon River wetlands and low bluffs of marginal agricultural productivity. As the population of Decatur grew sharply in the early 20th century, large parcels of land alongside the Sangamon were condemned so that the metropolis could build a modern sewage plant. More than two square miles of land around and downstream from the plant was redesignated as a nature center and buffer zone. Six miles of nature trails provide access to the conservation area. Largely wooded, parts of the conservation area have been planted as restoration tallgrass prairie.To visit Rock Springs Conservation Area & Nature Center on your trip to Decatur, use our Decatur holiday site.
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the nature center is a perfect place to take the kids and there is so much to do outside for the whole family
the nature center is a perfect place to take the kids and there is so much to do outside for the whole family more »
Very nice area near Decatur with biking paths, hiking trails, etc. Well maintained and clean. Great place for all ages!
Very nice area near Decatur with biking paths, hiking trails, etc. Well maintained and clean. Great place for all ages! more »
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