Hike, Run, or Bike the I&M Canal Trail

I&M Canal

Perfect trail for getting your heart rate up and for clearing the mind.

Park off of Joliet St. (see map) to access the trail. This trail is paved, shared by runners, hikers, and bikers, and is accessible from April to October. 

Photos: Kenneth Spencer

Pack List

  • Good shoes
  • Layers
  • Water
  • Snacks
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RT Distance 9.7 Miles
Elevation Gain 409 Feet
Activities Cycling, Mountain Biking, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Handicap Accessible
Scenic
Wildlife

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I&M Canal- The trail less taken

The I&M Canal (to my knowledge), runs from Joliet, Illinois to Utica, Illinois. I have only been on a portion of the trail in Morris, Illinois. The trail runs along the old canal for miles on end. It passes rivers, lakes, marshy wetlands, little towns, and through forests. The trail is pretty well maintained except for a bridge that collapsed due to flooding years back and was never repaired without the money to do so. This trail is perfect to use if you are looking to get a afternoon walk in or if you are looking to catch some fish. I have seen some kayakers on the canal, but I personally would not recommend kayaking just because there are several downed trees from past storms. If you are looking for a nice, peaceful, and not very used trail, this is perfect for you.


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