This route is jammed with scenic vistas and fascinating local history. While tracing the route of the Des Plaines River, the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, and the I&M Canal, you’ll pass two museums, several parks, and a couple of historic sites. Much of the northern half of the route offers a surprisingly remote feel as it cuts through many acres of wetlands and bottomland woods.
The trail is paved for the first 9.2 miles in Cook County; the trail surface is crushed gravel for the remaining 10.9 miles in Will County. The terrain is flat throughout. Things to see include: Des Plaines River, Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, bottomland woods, prairie, Isle a la Cache Museum, the I&M Canal, the I&M Canal Museum and Visitor Center, and the Joliet Ironworks
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