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Illinois National Recreation Trails

The newest NRTs in Illinois:

NRTBrowse all National Recreation Trails in Illinois: There are 897.73 miles of NRTs in Illinois and 30 trails!

Visit Illinois's "Featured" National Recreational Trails for the most recently designated trail(s)

Visit the National Recreation Trails website to learn more about the NRT program and access over 1,200 NRTs from across the country


Illinois Bicycling and Mountain Biking


Illinois Equestrian Trails


    Fox Valley Saddle Association in Hampshire, IL:

    Horsemen's Council of Illinois is an advocacy organization dedicated to helping horse people keep existing equestrian trails and camping facilities in Illinois:

    Trail Riders of DuPage County sponsors events and weekly rides as well as "campaigning positively for continuing equestrian trail access in our communities":

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Illinois Greenways and Community Trails


    South Shore Trails promotes health, economics, and quality of life through the development of greenway and trail corridors:

    Cook County Forest Preserve in Chicago includes information on recreation, including trails (click on the Recreation link):

    Fox River Trail is used for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and jogging and stretches from Algonquin to Aurora:

    Gateway Trailnet, Inc. plans, promotes, and implements multi-use, greenways and bicycle transportation in the bi-state St. Louis metropolitan area. The organization also owns two rail-to-trail conversions:

    Illinois Trails & Greenways news, articles, and events:

    Quincy, Illinois, Dogwood Trail:

Illinois Hiking Trails


Illinois Long-Distance Trails


Illinois Off-Highway Vehicle Trails


    Shawnee Trail Conservancy is a grassroots nonprofit corporation which advocates multi-use of the Shawnee National Forest trails:

Illinois Rail Trails and Canal Trails


    Illinois and Michigan Canal State Trail runs 61 miles from Rockdale along the old towpath to LaSalle:

    Heartland Pathways is a 33-mile ribbon of rail trails and wildlife habitat in the making in East Central Illinois:

    Friends of the Hennepin Canal and the Rock River Development Authority work for the historic canal trail between the Mississippi River at Rock Island and the Illinois River near Hennepin:

    Illinois Prairie Path a 55-mile-long biking, hiking, equestrian, and nature trail in Cook, DuPage and Kane Counties west of Chicago, was one of the very first major rail-trails:

    Jane Addams Trail is part of the Grand Illinois Trail used for biking, hiking, snowmobiling and cross country skiing:

    Madison County Transit has converted over 75 miles of rail corridors into bikeways and walking trails in the St. Louis Metro area:

Illinois Snow Trails


    Illinois Association of Snowmobile Clubs, Inc. has trail maps, news, and links to local clubs:

    Prairie Riders provide Safety Education Classes, and maintain 50 miles of trails in Boone County:

Illinois Waterway and Boating Trails


    Illinois Paddling Council promotes safe enjoyment of canoeing and kayaking in Illinois and assuring access to the state's waters:

    Northeastern Illinois Water Trails: a partnership so canoeists and kayakers can take advantage of 500 miles of paddling opportunities:

    Friends of the Pecatonica River Foundation supports 58 miles of the Pecatonica River Water Trail through Stephenson County:

    Rock River Trail Initiative promotes water and land trails along the 320-mile river course from Fond du Lac County, WI to the Mississippi River at Rock Island, IL:

Illinois Statewide Advocacy and Resources


Illinois State Trails Program


Illinois Outdoor Recreation




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