R. Madigan (1936-1994) was honored for his lifelong dedication to state
and national public service when Railsplitter State Park was renamed in
his memory in 1995. The site is along Salt Creek in Logan County on the
south edge of Lincoln.This 974-acre site is an ideal destination for those
looking for a quiet and peaceful experience.
The State of Illinois acquired
the land in 1970 from the Department of Mental Health, with development of
the park starting the following year.
Species of trees now in the
area include oak, walnut, sycamore, ash, hackberry, hickory and sycamore; including the largest sycamore tree in Illinois. Native birds and
Secluded picnic areas have tables, outdoor stoves and toilets. Drinking
water and shelters are available at several locations. Park visitors also will find playground equipment and horseshoe pits available.
Salt Creek can be fished for largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill, sunfish,
crappie, channel catfish, bullheads and carp.
Canoeing on Salt Creek is allowed, with access provided at a ramp near the north park boundary.
The park offers a scenic 7-mile hiking/bicycle trail, which meanders
gently through grassland, woodland and riparian habitats. There is
also a 3/4 mile jogging trail for physical fitness enthusiasts.
Among the species of wildlife to be seen are deer, raccoon, pheasant,
quail, rabbit and hawks to name a few.
Limited hunting is allowed. Check at office for details. Hunter
The park is located near
several historical sites in and around the city of Lincoln, including the Stephen
A. Douglas site, the Postville Courthouse, Lincoln College Museum and
Mount Pulaski Courthouse, to name a few.
- While groups of 25 or
more are welcome and encouraged to use the park's facilities, they are required
to register in advance with the site office to avoid crowding or scheduling
- At least one responsible
adult must accompany each group of 15 minors.
- Pets must be kept on
leashes at all times.
- Actions by nature can
result in closed roads and other facilities. Please call ahead to the park
office before you make your trip.
- We hope you enjoy your
stay. Remember, take only memories, leave only footprints.
- For more information
on tourism in Illinois, call the Illinois Department of Economic Opportunity,
Bureau of Tourism at 1-800-2Connect.
- Telecommunication Device
for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Natural Resources Information (217) 782-9175
for TDD only Relay Number 800-526-0844.