Kickapoo Rail Trail


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To become a part of this exciting project, you can make a
tax deductible donation online at
Forest Preserve Friends Foundation.
You can designate your gift towards Champaign or Vermilion County portion
of the Kickapoo Rail Trail
or let the Foundation decide where your money is used.
To donate by mail – make your check payable to Kickapoo Rail Trail and
mail to: PO Box 1040, Mahomet, IL 61853

What is the Rail Trail?

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 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.

TRAIL FEATURES

  • Designed for pedestrians and bicyclists, this trail will travers some of the most diverse ecosystems in this part of the state, including woodland, prairie, and wetland.
  • Trailheads will be developed near several communities along the route to provide parking and public access to the trail.
  • Scenic areas with benches and educational interpretive signs will offer rest stops for cyclists and hikers

A RICH CULTURAL HISTORY

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-1900s as he traveled the 8th Judicial Circuit in Illinois.

THE BENEFITS OF RAIL TRAILS

The Kickapoo Rail Trail is designed for pedestrians and bicyclists.  (No motorized vehicles or equestrian use will be permitted.)

Trails and greenways benefit individuals and improve communities by providing not only recreation and transportation opportunities, but also influencing economic and community development.

  • Improving quality of life by preserving open spaces and creating recreation opportunities
  • Encouraging physical fitness and healthy, active lifestyles
  • Creating safe, alternative transportation corridors for riders of all ages
  • Preserving culturally and historically valuable areas
  • Investing in communities by creating recreational destinations