Sequiota means "many springs." This area was
once the home of a large spring and several
smaller tributaries. The presence of three caves
shows the effects of water having eaten away at
the soft limestone that is so common in this re-
gion. Many Native American artifacts have been
found where the park now stands indicating that
this was once a popular camping spot for mem-
bers of the Osage, Sac, Kickapoo, Fox and
Two of the park's caves are fairly small but the
largest cave runs underground some distance
and the water can get quite deep. The presence
of an endangered species of bats has caused
tours of this cave to be temporarily suspended.
Another main attraction is a small lake with two
tiny islands and tall wooded hills bordering three
sides. There are narrow walking paths in these
hills, winding back toward the spring that feeds
the lake. Ducks, geese and swans frequent the
lake waters, while small fish, frogs, crayfish and
aquatic insects populate the stream. A three-
mile section of the Greenways Galloway Trail
connects the park to the Springfield Conserva-
tion Nature Center.
3500 S. Lone Pine,
1. Two Springfield schools have been named
after some of the tribes who used the Sequiota
springs. Can you name them?
2. How are caves typically formed?
3. What endangered species occupies the large
cave in Sequiota Park?
Travel east on Battlefield
from the corner of
Battlefield and Glenstone
just over a mile to Lone
Pine. Go south on Lone
Pine and Sequiota Park
will appear on your