Jim Edgar Panther Creek Wildlife Area Cross Country Skiing

The 3rd most popular XC Ski in Illinois.

Northwest of Springfield near Chandlerville, the 10,000 acre Jim Edgar Panther Creek Wildlife Area has the 26 mile long Governers Trail that is good for cross country skiing.

The wildlife area is located in Cass County 25 miles northwest of Springfield off State Illinois Route 125, 10 miles northeast of Virginia, 10 miles west of Petersburg and New Salem State Historic Site, and 10 miles northwest of Ashland.

Access JEPC from Interstate 72 by taking the Ashland/Jim Edgar Panther Creek exit at State Route 123 and traveling north through Ashland to State Route 125 then west to Newmansville Road.

Travelers on Interstate 55 have easy access to it by taking the Sherman exit and traveling west on 97. The main entrance is on its eastern perimeter at the junction of County Highway 11 and Newmansville Road. Other public roads offer additional entry points.

The Governers Trail parking area is located the northwest corner of JEPC on Questing Hills Road just off County Highway 2.

Overall, Jim Edgar Panther Creek Wildlife Area is the 3rd most popular cross country ski area of all 5 Nordic ski destinations in Illinois.

Jim Edgar Panther Creek Wildlife Area Cross Country Skiing Map



Local Contact(s):  PCSWA (217) 452-7741; Illinois Tourism (800) 223-0121.

Recommended Book:  "Basic Cross-Country Skiing" from J Scott McGee

Best Season:  Jan. - Feb.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Panther Creek Lodge (217) 546-3040

Reference Source:  click here http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/PARKS/R4/jepc.htm

Date Published:  

Date Updated:  8/17/2016

ID:  13320

Jim Edgar Panther Creek Wildlife Area Cross Country Skiing Map


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