Sequiota Park

Sequiota
Sequiota Park
3500 S. Lone Pine Ave.

Sequiota Park has been a favorite outdoor destination since before it became as a State Fish Hatchery in 1920. The park was miles from Springfield, but train service on the Chadwick Branch of the Frisco Railway made it a popular day-trip, perfect for an afternoon of picnicking and exploring. The park is recognizable in historic and modern photos by the iconic Sequiota Cave, navigable only by boat. Sequiota Park was acquired by the Park Board in 1959. Today, Sequiota Cave is home to a migrating colony of gray bats, an endangered species. Sequiota Cave is closed to visitors, except during guided boat tours, offered seasonally by Outdoor Initiatives. Sequiota Park includes a playground, picnic pavilion, an several paved and unpaved paths. The park serves as a trailhead for the popular Galloway Creek Greenway Trail. Sequiota, according to legend, means “many springs.”