The new year is here and it’s time to get your body in gear! Get fit this year with these great walking trails and recreation complexes in ILLINOISouth:
1. Town Hall Archery – Belleville
Home to all archery equipment and accessories, Town Hall Archery has been serving the Metro-East area for over 45 years. Along with great selections of all-things-archery, indoor range and archery lessons are offered and available for special events such as birthdays and leagues. Also, drop in for some embroidery, screen printing, corporate gift, laser engraving, and more.
2. Vetta Sports – Across the Metro Area
Vetta Sports not only offers all around sporting leisure, they offer something for everyone! Birthday parties, Kickaroos, and summer camp are offered for the kiddos, while adults can get into action with the big leagues and tournaments. With amenities like a fitness center, HDTVs, complimentary coffee and towels, nursery and child center, Vetta Sports has everything you need to break a sweat or two.
3. Centralia Recreation Plex – Centralia
This 60,000-square foot complex situated in Historic Downtown Centralia has some features that can’t be any better. The elevated walking/jogging tracks, oversized gymnasiums with two full courts, 2,000-square foot heated pool, fitness room, and full-service conference room are some of the amenities that Centralia Rec Plex have to offer all for a daily admission price. Swing on over to some of the most modern equipment and facilities in the fitness industries today. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
4. Route 66 Walking/Biking Trail – Litchfield
Enjoy 6.6 miles of easy to intermediate walking/biking trails to the South and intermediate to advanced trails to the north. Along the trails, visitors will experience unique log features, a challenging gravel mound, bridge, fast downhills and a woodsy rock garden. There are multiple trailheads and several stops along the trail for picnics or scenic views of Lake Lou Yaeger.
5. Newton Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area – Newton
Almost 14 miles of scenery and crop fields. This area is marked for the more advanced fitness gurus, though the area offers a lake for public fishing and picnicking. Equestrian and hunting are allowed, but under strict rules due to the park’s grasslands being home to the largest of the three remaining greater prairie chicken flocks in Illinois. If you’re up to the test, then Newton Lake is the place for you.
6. Kingsbury Nature Preserve – Greenville
With a stunning view of nature, miles of hiking and horseback riding are available for those looking for native woods and prairies. Kingsbury also has public access to Governor Bond Lake along the Iron Gate Trail. Programs such as swimming, camps, team sports, martial arts, and workshops are also available throughout the park district. If this preserve is the one for you, stop by today!