I&M Canal State Trail - LaSalle to Ottawa

This 15-mile stretch of trail along the western branch of the I&M Canal features plenty of historic content, as well as fun and interesting stops in three canal towns along the way!

  • Location: A St., LaSalle, IL 61301
  • Length: 15 miles
  • Surface: Part Crushed Limestone, Part Paved
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy, flat
I&M Canal State Trail - Channahon to Morris

A scenic sampling of Illinois’ waterways, past and present, this central portion of the Canal State Trail is filled with points of interest. Come walk alongside the I&M Canal and the waters of the DuPage, Des Plaines, Kankakee and Illinois rivers, and discover locks, dams, and even two ghost towns – Dresden and Aux Sable.

  • Location: 25302 W. Story St, Channahon, IL 60410
  • Length: 15 miles
  • Surface: Crushed Limestone
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy, flat
Cal Sag Trail - Alsip to Lemont

Come see for yourself the I&M Canal National Heritage Area’s BRAND NEW trail! The long-awaited first half of the Cal Sag Trail is now open and connects Alsip to Lemont.

  • Location: Freedom Park 12521 S Kostner Ave, Alsip, IL 60803
  • Length: 13 Miles (26 when completed)
  • Surface: Paved
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy
  • Information: (708) 365-9365 / Official Cal Sag Trail Website
  • Access Points:
    • Freedom Park, Alsip
    • Lake Katherine, Palos Heights
    • Sag Quarries, Lemont
Gaylord Donnelley Trail - Lockport to Joliet

Lockport and Joliet were two of the most influential Illinois cities of the 19th and 20th centuries. Explore the trail that connects the two, viewing canal ruins, a closed amusement park, the old Joliet prison and finally the ruins of the Joliet Iron Works.

  • Location: 2nd St, Lockport, IL 60441
  • Length: 11 miles Surface: Part Paved, Part Crushed Limestone
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy, flat
  • Access Points:
    • 10th Street, Lockport
    • Joliet Iron Works
Wauponsee Glacial Trail

Named after an ancient glacial lake, and built on two abandoned rail lines, the peaceful Wauponsee Glacial Trail winds south of Joliet, past the majestic Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.

  • Location: 17540 W. Laraway Rd, Joliet, IL 60433
  • Length: 23 miles
  • Surface: Part Paved, Part Crushed Limestone
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy, flat
  • Information: (815) 727-8700
  • Access Points:
    • Sugar Creek Preserve
    • Manhattan Road Access
    • Symerton Access
    • Forked Creek Preserve – Ballou Road Access