walking

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History buffs, nature lovers and sportsmen will thrill to the sights and sounds of the 96-mile route of the Illinois and Michigan Canal. Along its banks are numerous state parks, restored historical sites, and abundance of wildlife and distinctive landscapes, ranging from bluffs to rolling hills. Visitors can follow the I&M Canal State Trail beginning at Rockdale along the old towpath to LaSalle and experience 61.5 miles of scenic views of the canal and the Des Plaines and Illinois rivers. At every turn, trail users will find something of interest. One can spend an afternoon or several days exploring the wonders along this picturesque and unique area.

Amazing trail

trail running
1 month ago

by far my favorite running trail in the area!

Nice walk in January. The rolling landscape would be good for training for us flatlanders if headed for hikes in foothills.

walking
8 months ago

I'm new to the photography world. So I go to random trails, I literally fell in love with this one, it's very beautiful.

Great trail

road biking
9 months ago

pretty easy trail to bike on. compacted limestone so not too bad even on a street bike. At one point cuts through a farmers field..Haven't done that since I was a kid. No real elevation changes.

hiking
10 months ago

A nice and easy hike. Very nice and pleasant. Nothing special, but relaxing.

walking
10 months ago

Good trail, however the trail gets extremely narrow at many points. This becomes a problem due to the frequent mountain bikers that pass by. It almost felt like hikers were unwelcome. I would avoid bringing children or elderly people on this trail. The constant leaping out of the way could cause issues.

Love this trail. Something for everyone.

road biking
11 months ago

Very nice family ride. We rode from the Willow Springs trail head to Lamont. About 7 miles of the trail. Well maintained and beautiful scenery along the way. We even met a comic rider who stopped when we were having a break to tell us a few jokes. Memorable and we will be back to do more of it.

hiking
11 months ago

7/02/17 We put-in @ the parking lot near 95th and Wolf Rd. Follow the app closely if you want the full 9.2 mile hike (lots of turns that are easy misses). At around the 7 mile mark from our put-in we came to a parking lot. In this area there is a small single track turn off from a wide white gravel road that the app shows you to take, but the singletrack is grown over to the point where it is un-walkable. At that point we had already completed over 7 miles, my phone was almost dead and there was no obvious alternate route, so we called it a day and walked what was a straight shot up the park road back to our car. The app map needs to be updated or someone needs to blaze the overgrown trail.
Overall:
Trail was lightly used mostly by mountain bikers who where all very courteous using proper Trail etiquette when passing head on or behind.

For hikers the Trail is moderately easy but for mountain bikers I would rate the 9.2 mile Trail as advanced.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Great scenery

hiking
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Parts of trail well maintained, but parts (near/around pond) have downed trees and tall grass. Did 2 loops for 6.5 miles.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Fun trails, a great workout, although some muddy areas.

hiking
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Nice trails. Well marked.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Great trail! So much along it! If you walk the whole thing you can get a badge from the county!

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Challenging fun.

hiking
Monday, November 21, 2016

My absolute favorite place! Can't wait to camp one night at Bullfrog!

hiking
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Great trails. Really beautiful in the fall. However, lots of mountain bike traffic, so be on the lookout. Also, some of the trails abruptly end and you're forced to walk alongside a street. This would be a four or five star series of trails for mountain biking, but not so much for hiking.

backpacking
Friday, September 30, 2016

Just hiked the 14.7 mi from LaSalle to the Fox River Aqueduct in Ottawa to officially finish the entire I&M Canal Trail. Very well maintained trail. The infamous washout near Utica is no problem as there is a simple detour built around it. Not nearly the additional hike as the one in Morris. If you have time, take the side trip into Buffalo Rock State Park for some awesome bluff views of the river and some alternate trails. Also a good place to fill up the H2O supply. All 4 camp sites on the trail west of Buffalo Rock are open and maintained. No services so be prepared.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Not well kept up and hard to follow. Got my excessive but not my favorite.

hiking
Sunday, July 17, 2016

Pretty good. Liked the natural trails with some elevation changes, which was exactly what we were looking for. The trails were a bit hard to follow because you keep crossing roads. At one point I got a bit nervous because we had to walk a 1/4 mile on the road and we had our kids with us. The trails are popular for bikers so you have to keep an eye out and be ready to jump out of the way. We hiked the yellow trail 3 miles around the lake.

trail running
Friday, July 15, 2016

Ten mile run. Started in Frankfort, went towards Joliet.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

awesome

road biking
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Was a pretty view! Very peaceful.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Nice trail, went after it rained so very muddy. it's awesome though.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Nice family hike

walking
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Started at RT 83 south along Sanitary and ship canal. Went
only 2 miles and back. Crews have begun cleaning brush back. Very easy walk and scenic along canal .

hiking
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

This is a great neighborhood place to hike. I live nearby and enjoy the trails for hiking or mountain biking. The southern boarder of this county forest preserve is I-55, which you hear from just about everywhere in the forest. My favorite place to enter is a small path at the corner of Joliet Road and Brainard.

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