– Follow The Signs!

The I&M Canal National Heritage Area encompasses 862 square miles that include 5 counties, 60 communities and hundreds of historical sites. On your own, it would be easy to miss the fascinating stories behind some of our landmarks.

So, as a convenient way to aid your exploration, we’ve created over 200 signs that provide details on the specific site where the sign is located. Even more, each of these recognizable blue and yellow signs has a QR Code, which, once scanned on your smartphone, links you to a webpage that provides additional information, such as stories, historical fun facts, nearby attractions and restaurants.

We’ve collected all these webpages in our site.

Where To Find The Signs

The signs are located along the I&M Canal State Trail from Rockdale to LaSalle/Peru and local trails near the canal between Lemont and Joliet.

Look for signs near:

Mile Markers
Public Areas and Parking Lots
I&M Canal Silhouettes
Our Bike Share Stations
Natural, Cultural & Historic Sites

How To Use The QR Codes

Not familiar with using QR Codes? They’re actually very simple.

Open your smartphone to your camera app.


Hold your device so that the QR Code appears in the viewfinder.


Your device should recognize the QR Code and show a notification. Tap the notification, and your phone will open up the website page associated with that code.