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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.

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
8 days ago

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

mountain biking
9 days ago

walking
16 days 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.

hiking
22 days ago

Love this trail. Something for everyone.

road biking
1 month 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.

backpacking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month 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.

2 months ago

Great scenery

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

on Sun Down Meadow

2 months ago