I&M Canal Trail Channahon to Ottawa

MODERATE 27 reviews
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I&M Canal Trail Channahon to Ottawa is a 36.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Channahon, Illinois that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
36.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
239 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

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hiking
14 days ago

Did the 30 miles from Channahon to Ottawa. It was a good, well maintained trail. Lots of spring flowers, birds and camping spots from Channahon to Seneca. Be aware of the detour in Morris! From Seneca to Ottawa however the canal is dried up, the scenery doesn't really change and it is hard to find a spot for your tent at night. Luckily the trail goes next to a Caseys in Seneca because there is no water location from Morris until Ottawa. The trail from Seneca to Ottawa would be much better for biking. Overall is was what we expected and gave a good experience for our first overnight hike.

11 months ago

Nice trail to put in some miles, but not a lot of scenery. We saw a few water birds. Flat and a lot of sun.

hiking
Monday, November 28, 2016

We went on a chilly day in November. It was beautiful and so peaceful. We saw 2 huge herons in the water.

backpacking
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

I actually started at Brandon road in Rockdale, just outside Joliet. Trail is 47 miles to Ottawa. Excellent hike on a well maintained trail. There is a major detour in Morris due to a washout that has the trail closed. Requires hiking on city streets/sidewalks to get to Gebhard Woods state park where you pick the trail back up. The section just outside Channahon along the Dupage river is especially nice as it almost feels like walking on an island with the river on one side and the canal on the other. Once you approach Morris the canal is mostly dry as you head west. I will certainly return to finish the remaining 15.7 miles to Peru.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Great trail with great company ♡

nature trips
Thursday, June 13, 2013

Maintained very well. I was looking for a fairly easy walk to get in shape for the summer, this fit the bill. Weather was perfect. If you need to you can add to the distance by starting or finishing further along the I & M Canal pathway. Everything was very green!

mountain biking
Saturday, September 18, 2010

Better for biking, I would say. It goes from a lovely park in Channahon to McKinley Woods State Park, which is a really nice little park with a few hills and trails and some CCC remnants. Anyway, the I&M Canal Trail goes all the way from the Chicago area down to LaSalle Peru. This particular stretch is often the only thing between the canal and the Illinois River. It's a nice ride.

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