Learn the history of travel and transportation in the early days of our country through interactive maps, exhibits and films. You’ll see how the National Road was an important factor in the westward expansion. The Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
On a large natural stone in the Park, you can see the trail reported to have been used by Abraham Lincoln and others as they traveled between Vandalia and Springfield, IL in the early 1800s. The Lincoln Trail is on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Americas Best Value Inn – Vandalia has 85 rooms. Amenities include free limited hot breakfast, WiFi, in-room coffee and more. Pets are welcomed. Truck parking is available.
Ten storyboards depicting Abraham Lincoln’s early years as a legislator are installed around Vandalia. Find out about his early romance with Mary Owens, his first protest against slavery and many other little-known historical facts.
The park has over 1900 acres and offers hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding trails, snowmobile trails, walking trail, camping, picnicking and more. There are shelters and a cabin for rent. A small concession business is located in the park. A 13-mile horse trail are located at the north end alongside a campground for horses.
The National Road is called the “road that built the nation” because it was the first highway in American history. Today the National Road in Illinois covers 164 miles, from Marshall and the Wabash Valley, to East St. Louis and the Mississipi River.