Champaign Urbana has some of the nicest green spaces and parks–all over both cities and around Champaign County. Sometimes people complain that this area is just flat and covered with cornfields. And of course Champaign County is the richest and highest producing corn land in the world. But there are also some awesome and inviting parks and here are some top ones:
- Meadowbrook Park in Urbana– A long circular walking/jogging trail, native prairie, kids play structure, outdoor sculture, wildlife—this is a perfect place for a family outing.
- Hessel Park in Champaign– This is the grand old park of the Chambana area, perhaps along with Carle Park in Urbana. Wide open spaces, tennis courts, a wonderful play area for kids and ancient trees make Hessel a destination for relaxing
- Lake of the Woods in Mahomet– Golf, fishing, history, flowers, and a great walking /jogging trail through the prairie and woods lure you to this quiet green place–even in the heat of summer.