Heritage Quarries Recreation Area I&M Canal Trail Loop

EASY 5 reviews

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
88 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

canoeing

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

snow

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
1 month ago

3 months ago

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

walking
6 months ago

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

Monday, June 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
Saturday, March 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.