Litchfield, Illinois is a quaint town in downstate Illinois that offers guests a variety of things to see and do. With its beautiful nature areas and historical connection to Route 66, this little town it just waiting to be discovered. Here are a few places to check out during your visit.
Shoal Creek Conservation Area
Located on Lake Lou Yaeger, the Shoal Creek Conservation area is Litchfield’s paradise for nature lovers. Made up of over 266-acres of park-like woodlands, ravines, ridges and cliffs this beautiful urban oasis was dedicated by the city of Litchfield Council in 1990. The primary purpose at the time of dedication was to preserve the existing remnants of oak-hickory forests, barrens, and prairie. The area is maintained by local Rotary club and volunteers that help to monitor and preserve the plants and animals. There is an opportunity to learn more about the flora and fauna in the area through nature trail tours, wildflower walks and workshops throughout the year.
Lake Lou Yaeger
If you are a person who loves the outdoors, enjoys fishing, boating, swimming, hiking and camping, then this is a place you want to put at the top of your list for your visit. This 1200-acre lake offers boaters and fishermen 45 miles of beautiful shoreline, a 300-acre park with five beautiful picnic areas, two playgrounds, covered pavilions to keep you cool and dry in bad weather, and outdoor stoves for cooking. There are also opportunities to swim on the public pay beach which comes with showers, restrooms, and an attended snack bar.
Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center
In the spring of 2011, a group of Litchfield citizens met at City hall. The original reason for the meeting was to create a postcard book similar to one that a member of the group had seen in a neighboring town. Knowing that her father had an extensive collection of postcards that depicted the history of the town, the postcard project was pretty easy to assemble. During the course of an hour not only had been put together but a plan had been put into place to create a town museum as well. Over the course of the next year, fundraisers occurred, the land was purchased on Route 66 and the effort was underway. One short year later the construction was underway to bring this unique historical spot to life.