I & M Canal State Trail - Channahon to Morris

15 miles | Crushed Limestone | Easy, Flat

25302 W. Story Street, Channahon, IL 60410

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.

Grab your sunscreen and camera as you start your trek at Channahon State Park, taking time to explore a variety of canal structures and buildings that dot the landscape. As you cross over the Du Page River and head west, the trail becomes a path that runs between the I&M Canal and the Illinois River.

Along the way, make sure to hop off your bike in Dresden, a ghost canal town overlooking a modern lock and dam on the Illinois Waterway. A similar ghost town, Aux Sable, is now just a collection of canal structures including Lock 8, an aqueduct, and one of the two remaining locktender’s homes. Once in Morris, a half-mile detour east along Armstrong Street takes you to Evergreen Cemetery, where legendary Chief Shabbona is buried.

Nearby Attractions

Channahon (meeting of the waters) derives its name from its location at the junction of the Kankakee, Des Plaines and Illinois rivers. The Four Rivers Environmental Educational Center in Channahon stands at the point where the four rivers meet, and is a model of green architecture. Morris offers kayaking, views over the Illinois River at William G. Stratton State Park and the Grundy County Historical Museum with exhibits on local history. The end of this section is at Gebhard Woods, which offers a campground for those who wish to extend their trip.

Access Points
Find Us
  • Channahon State Park
  • Four Rivers
  • McKinley Woods
  • Dresden
  • Aux Sable
  • Downtown Morris
  • Gebhard Woods
Nearby Services

Kayak & canoe rentals are available at Kayak Morris.