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Spitler Woods State Natural Area

NOTICE: All outdoor pavilions, trails, and playgrounds are open for use to groups of 50 or less. Pavilions are first come first serve throughout the off season (10/16 to 4/15) all outdoor pavilions will open for reservations on April 16, 2021. Currently outdoor pavilions are limited to 50 occupants due to COVID-19 restrictions, the site will continually update parameters as notified by IDPH.  

All flush restrooms are currently closed for the season and will re-open on 4/16/21, in the mean time there is a portable restroom provided at the Red Oak pavilion across from the park office. The indoor pavilion (Ida B. Spitler) will open on April 1st, currently the limit is 40 occupants per COVID-19 parameters for indoor venues. Unless COVID-19 forces changes, the building will remain open until 10/31/21. The site will update the status of the indoor pavilion based on Regional COVID-19 parameters as provided by IDPH.

 ***Please note the indoor pavilion opens prior to and remains open beyond the closure date of the outdoor pavilions, this is to avoid freezing issues with flush toilets near outdoor pavilions.

Spitler Woods State Natural Area, a 200-acre site in Mt. Zion in Macon County, is home to one of the largest acreages of old growth woods in central Illinois.  Much of the site is dedicated as Spitler Woods Nature Preserve, providing additional protection for the site's valuable natural features. 

Spitler Woods mesic upland forest includes red oak, sugar maple, black walnut and basswood on the hillsides and slopes. Dry mesic forest containing white oak, red oak and shagbark hickory is present on the higher elevations. Wet-mesic floodplain forest containing sycamore, hackberry and Ohio buckeye is present along the creek which flows through the nature preserve. The site has a spectacular display of spring wildflowers, including false rue anemone, wild geranium, trillium, spring beauty and mayapple.

Spitler Woods provides outstanding habitat for songbirds, with birders spotting yellow-billed cuckoo, gray catbird, eastern wood pewee and red-bellied woodpecker.

Picnic area shelters at Spitler Woods can be reserved online at Reserve America.​​​​​​

Park Information:

East Central Illinois

705 Spitler Park Drive
Mt. Zion IL 62549




N: 39.779
W: -88.862

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