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Ballard Nature Center 

5253 East US Hwy 40
Effingham, Illinois 62401 
618-483-6856
Just minutes away from the city but a world away, Ballard Nature Center is home to dozens of species of birds and wildlife. Natural prairie, wetlands, butterfly and hummingbird gardens, ponds and creeks round out the outdoor experience.

Bliss Park

bliss park 1 smallFifth Street at Clark Ave. Effingham, Illinois 62401  217-342-5310 A cozy city block sized park with large trees and fountain is located just minutes off the interstates. It features a pavilion, playground area, outdoor basketball courts and a beautiful garden area. This park is a great place to enjoy a picnic with the family.

Camp Lakewood

1217 Rickelman Ave
Effingham, Illinois 62401 
217-347-7500
This 19-acre RV campground features 75 wooded campsites onthe north shore of Lake Pauline and two fully-furnished cabins with all the amenities. Campsites offer water, sewer, electricity, cable TV, and internet access. Parking areas provide long, level pull through convenience.

Cardinal Golf Course

15737 North Beach Road
Effingham, Illinois 62401 
217-868-2860
The Cardinal is an 18-hole public golf course that borders Lake Sara. The course was remodeled to include several new holes and landscaping, along with a driving range and putting green. An outside pavilion is available for hosting parties and outgoings.

Community Park

Community Tennis CourtEast Temple Ave
Effingham, Illinois 62401 
217-342-4415
Community Park is a 35 acre park that includes a disc-golf course, four lighted ball diamonds, four lighted tennis courts, large play ground areas, the outdoor basketball courts, an outdoor ice rink and picnic areas.

Evergreen Hollow Park

Evergreen Avenue
Effingham, Illinois 62401 
217-342-4415
Evergreen Hollow Park is 42 acre park that offers baseball diamonds, tennis courts, play grounds, swimming pool, nature walks, miniature golf course, pavilions and much more.

Evergreen Mini Golf

West Evergreen Avenue
Effingham, Illinois 62401 
Evergreen Mini Golf is an 18-hole miniature golf course located on West Evergreen Avenue in Evergreen Hollow Park. Hours are 2-10 p.m. during the season. For further information, call 217-342-2544.

Fore-Way Challenge Golf

16041 North 1000th Street
Effingham, Illinois 62401 
217-868-5418
Fore-Way is a challenging 9-hole public course located near Lake Sara and just minutes from Effingham and Anthony Acres. Call to take advantage of special packages and to plan your family or business outgoing. A driving range, putting green, and club house also are on site for visitors to enjoy.

Hendelmeyer Park

1906 South Fourth Street
Effingham, Illinois 62401 
217-342-4415
Hendelmeyer Park is a 20 acre park that includes a skate park, four lighted tennis courts, the lighted softball diamonds, two play ground areas and picnic areas.

Lake Sara

LakeSara15482 Wildwood Dr
Effingham, Illinois 62401 
217-868-2787
Lake Sara is a 640 acre recreational lake nesteled into a wooded shoreline, encircled by a winding road. Spend a day, a week, or a season on the shores of Lake Sara.

Lake Sara Campground

15482 Wildwood Dr.
Effingham, Illinois 62401 
217-868-2964
Lake Sara Campground welcomes families and pets of all sizes, RV and Coach camping, cabin rentals and tent camping.

TREC Recreation Trails

1325 Outer Belt West
Effingham, Illinois 62401 
217-342-5305
The TREC trail system is a public trail designed to create recreational opportunities. The trails provide a great place for visitors to exercise, whether it is riding bikes, roller blading or walking. The first phase of the trail was completed in 2010.