I & M Canal Trail
ElevationAscent: 147' 45 m
Descent: -220' -67 m
High: 533' 163 m
Low: 459' 140 m
GradeAvg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 1% (1°)
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“Over sixty contiguious miles of crushed limestone goodness.”— Luke Brisk
Aqueduct carrying trail and canal over the Nettle Creek in Morris at Gebhard Woods collapsed during a flood 3 years ago. You must follow city streets to Gebhard Woods to continue the trail west or east from that point.
This doubletrack trail runs from Rockdale to Peru a majority of which is constructed of packed crushed limestone which very easy on the knees. There are many access points along the way in the many small towns along the trail. It is also connected to five state parks, Channahon State Park, Aux Sable access area, William G. Stratton State Park, Gebhard Wood State Park, and Buffalo Rock State Park.
Land Manager: Illinois DNR - State Parks