This historic 24.5 mile recreational trail links Champaign and Vermilion Counties in east central Illinois, from Urbana on the west to Kickapoo State Park on the east. The project was originally spearheaded under the leadership of Heartland Pathways and the Champaign County Design and Conservation (CCDC) Foundation. The Champaign County Forest Preserve District, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and Vermilion County Conservation District own and manage the portion of the trail within their respective counties.
Kickapoo Rail Trail will be developed on a historic rail line that was constructed in 1869 under ownership of the Indianapolis, Bloomington and Western Railway. The trail will also parallel the path of the interurban rail line that ran between Urbana and Danville in the early 1900s. Before the time of railroads, attorney Abraham Lincoln traveled nearly the same route on horseback in the mid-1800s as he traveled the 8th Judicial Circuit in Illinois.
Trails and greenways benefit individuals and improve communities by providing not only recreation and transportation opportunities, but also by influencing economic and community development.
The Kickapoo Rail Trail is designed for pedestrians and bicyclists. (No motorized vehicles or equestrian use will be permitted.)
This unique project has been supported with funding from the following for Phase I construction.
To become a part of this exciting project, you can make a tax deductible donation by check, payable to: Kickapoo Rail Trail.
Mail to: Kickapoo Rail Trail, PO Box 1040, Mahomet, IL 61853 OR Kickapoo Rail Trail, Vermilion County Conservation District, 22296-A Henning Road, Danville, IL 61834
Donate online at CCFPD.ORG/KRT - You will be able to designate your donation to either the Vermilion County or Champaign County portion of the Kickapoo Rail Trail.