Heritage Quarries Recreation Area I&M Canal Trail Loop

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Heritage Quarries Recreation Area

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.

Distance: 2.9 miles Elevation Gain: 26 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

paddle sports

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

snow

Please note: the path is closed off till the spring of 2020. The Heritage Quarries Recreation Area 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.

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
3 months ago

Very easy calm hike..... perfect for families!

hiking
3 months ago

Closed until Spring 2020

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bridge out
closed
6 months ago

the path is closed off till the spring of 2020

hiking
blowdown
washed out
Wed May 29 2019

This is a good/easy trail with some great views of the quarries. The south eastern part of the trail (between the waterfall and last bridge) is washed out and flooded but passable.

hiking
Sun Apr 07 2019

easy trail that goes on both sides of the I&M Canal. If you start out heading east you can catch a beer at Pollyanna after your 3/4 done

hiking
Wed Jun 06 2018

Mon Mar 05 2018

Awesome trail to hike on a lazy day

Mon May 22 2017

Nice clean trail well marked. I would recommend for all.

walking
Sun Feb 26 2017

We love this place. Not good signage but such a cool area for fishing small boating walking and everything. Nice picnic area also!

Mon Jun 20 2016

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!

walking
Sat Mar 12 2016

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

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