IandM Canal Challenge

Channahon, Illinois

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While exploring the Illinois and Michigan Canal on the path once used by mules to pull boats up and down the canal, there’s no shortage of scenic areas containing woods, marshes, prairies, and agricultural land. You’ll also encounter a couple of interesting small towns that grew up alongside this waterway dug in the mid-1800s. The second half of the ride follows country roads that lead through gently rolling terrain parallel to the Illinois River. After leaving Channahon State Park, crossing the Du Page River, and passing another lock, the trail follows a 15-foot-wide strip of land between two bodies of water: the 20- to 30-foot-wide canal on the right and the broad and mighty Des A lock-tender’s house sits beside the I&M Canal in Channahon State Park. Plaines River on the left. The surrounding landscape is wooded and hilly, with bluffs and patches of farmland.

I&M Canal Challenge Professional Review and Guide

"While exploring the Illinois and Michigan Canal on the path once used by mules to pull boats up and down the canal, there’s no shortage of scenic areas containing woods, marshes, prairies, and agricultural land. You’ll also encounter a couple of interesting small towns that grew up alongside this waterway dug in the mid-1800s. The second half of the ride follows country roads that lead through gently rolling terrain parallel to the Illinois River.

After leaving Channahon State Park, crossing the Du Page River, and passing another lock, the trail follows a 15-foot-wide strip of land between two bodies of water: the 20- to 30-foot-wide canal on the right and the broad and mighty Des A lock-tender’s house sits beside the I&M Canal in Channahon State Park. Plaines River on the left. The surrounding landscape is wooded and hilly, with bluffs and patches of farmland."

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Channahon
Distance: 48.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Spring, summer, fall
Local Contacts: Channahon Parkway State Park
Local Maps: USGS Channahon quad
Driving Directions: Directions to I&M Canal Challenge

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May 2018