Heritage Quarries Recreation Area I&M Canal Trail Loop

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Heritage Quarries Recreation Area I&M Canal Trail Loop is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lemont, Illinois that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.9 miles 88 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly





mountain biking

nature trips






wild flowers




The Heritage Quarries Recreation Area adds an additional 3.8 mile trail extension to the existing 3 miles of trails along the original I & M Canal towpath. The trail extension weaves the Heritage Quarries into the original trail. The HQRA offers visitors the opportunity to engage in a variety of recreational activities. The I&M Canal Trail provides 6 miles of crushed stone surface for runners, hikers, bikers, and dog walkers. For those who wish to exercise or train in the HQRA, signs along the I&M Trail mark courses of 2 miles, 5k, and 5 miles, respectively. These looped courses begin and end at the trailhead located in downtown Lemont. Free parking is available adjacent to the trailhead. Fishing is allowed in all quarries and a boat ramp provides access to the Great Lakes Quarries for boats, canoes, and kayaks. Two picnic areas offer shady spots to relax.

8 months ago

nice place to kayak and then bike. they built a new boat launch and dock on the western side of the great lakes quarries which makes it easier to launch. the quarries have deep clear water and in a few places a bit of pea soup algae overgrowth, but more than worth it for weaving in and out of the beautiful limestone. worth a visit!

11 months ago

Very easy and scenic walk. Lot of history in the area. Walked several distances, each one different. Paths are wide with crushed stone.