From ancient waterways to old rail lines, National Recreation Trails are all about moving outdoor experiences.
Dick Westfall of Illinois State Parks provides details on the 25 National Recreation Trails in Illinois. From ancient waterways to old rail lines, National Recreation Trails are all about moving outdoor experiences. These routes offer visitors a range of outdoor settings— cypress swamps, prairies, woodlands, lakeshores and more.
What do the Lower Cache River Trail, where you can quietly canoe through a primeval swamp, the Great River Trail, where you can bike through pleasant river towns along the mighty Mississippi, and the Moraine Hills State Park trail system, where you can see deer and other wildlife just a short drive from busy Chicago have in common? They all are National Recreation Trails.
Download the related pdf of Dick Westfall’s article “What’s a National Recreation Trail?” to learn more about 13 of Illinois’ great trails.
The 10.2 mile trail offers a back-to-nature getaway for thousands of local residents and tourists to enjoy the great variety of opportunities created by the trail.
A glimpse of the early 1900s as the rail trail passes through several abandoned coal mining towns.
Traversing York County to the Maryland border, this 19-mile multi-use trail provides an integral link in a statewide trails system and epitomizes the concept of a close-to-home trail experience, but has regional, State, and national significance as well.
The trail links communities and scenic natural areas on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
The trail is located on the Pondicherry Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge and is universally accessible. It includes a 900 foot long raised boardwalk with rest stops that offer extraordinary views of a boreal forest and wetland communities.
Paddle your way through the mature floodplain forest and rich backwaters of the Winona District of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.