David Kenney Trail is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Carbondale, Illinois that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.8 miles
13 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



trail running



wild flowers


city walk

Green Earth offers hiking and outdoor recreation at six sites across Carbondale, IL. All properties are open to the public during daylight hours. Green Earth's Chautauqua Bottoms is located on the north side of Chautauqua Road, between Emerald Lane and Tower Road. Historically this area was bottomland hardwood forest. The soils at this site are representative of wetlands, and indeed, the grounds are wet throughout the rainy season. This site possesses tall grass prairie, upland forest, bottomland hardwood, and a bottomland hardwood restoration area planted in 2005. This 37 acre preserve has four trail heads: the first is accessed from a well-marked parking area located off of Chautauqua Road, the second is located at the western terminus of Freeman Street, the third is located just west of the Flagland site off of Sunset Road (along the east edge of the Carbondale Park District Soccer Fields), and the fourth is at the south end of this trail where it meets Chautauqua Road. The intensity level of each of the trails is light, unless one wishes to cross Little Crab Orchard Creek to successfully loop the trail system. The creek crossing is very steep and should only be attempted when the creek level is low. The David Kenney Trail (named for former Green Earth Board Member, former Green Earth President, and former Director of the Illinois Department of Conservation, D. Kenney) travels along the west bank of Little Crab Orchard Creek from Chautauqua Road to Sunset Road. The trail is approximately 1.0 mile in length and provides beautiful views of the creek and its cliff banks.

trail running
3 months ago

I’m sure it’ll be a great trail someday. It really is cute and has a lot of potential. But parts of it were wonderful but the actual marked trail was mostly a mud pit. I had to stop running multiple times and now my shoes are covered in mud. Whoever is in charge of this trail please lay some gravel or something!

4 months ago

Green Earth is an excellent organization in Carbondale that provides oversight of several preserves within city limits. This particular location has access to three trails (Woodland Spur and Maurice Webb Trails) that can interconnect for a longer hike. The David Kenney Trail will be upgraded to meet ADA standards and a new bridge will connect it to the main parking area. A great place to experience seasonal wildflowers with the prairie restoration. Keep in mind that this location is a wetland area, and may be wetter and muddier after rains. Recent additions include bike racks, benches, and garbage/recycling receptacles. Check out Green Earth's website to discover other trails and events that are hosted in the community!