Old Plank Road Trail

Chicago, Illinois 60682

Old Plank Road Trail

Old Plank Road Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This long suburban trail offers a surprising array of scenic spots. You’ll see cattail fringed ponds, patches of prairie, numerous parks, and small suburban towns with quiet, wooded neighborhoods.

At about the halfway point you’ll take a side trail through Hickory Creek Forest Preserve, where the route bounds over wooded hills and makes a couple of crossings of Hickory Creek. In the town of Frankfort, check out the historic architecture and the interesting shops before investigating several good dining options."

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"This long suburban trail offers a surprising array of scenic spots— many of them surrounded by development. You’ll see cattail-fringed ponds, patches of prairie, numerous parks, and small suburban towns with quiet, wooded neighborhoods. At about the halfway point you’ll take a side trail through Hickory Creek Forest Preserve, where the route bounds over wooded hills and makes a couple of crossings of Hickory Creek. In the town of Frankfort, check out the historic architecture and the interesting shops before investigating several good dining options.

Logan Park, the first section of the trail runs through the downtown area of Matteson, by a couple of parks, and through some scenic wetlands that sit behind a sprawling shopping mall. In Matteson the Metra station on the left and the red caboose permanently parked alongside the trail both point to the town’s rich rail history. After passing Governors Trail Park, you’ll see the first trail that branches off from Old Plank Road Trail. This is Preservation Trail, which heads north for 1.5 miles to Oakwood Park on the north side of Matteson."

"Old Plank road is for those who have long wanted to stop along those country roads lined with fields of wheat, corn, or beans to take it all in. It's for anyone who has every become mesmerized by the gently curving rows of fields but never stopped to look up close, experiencing what farmers feel when they're out in the open, with the company of clouds and sky, tending to crops on a horizontal plane of land. Because the trail is in such a good condition, it's used by bikers, in-line skaters, dog walkers, and even baby-stroller joggers.

The trail runs right into the town center of Frankfort. An arched iron sign over the trail reads Plank Road Trail, welcoming you to town. There are many places to lock your bike in the commercial center of Frankfort. At the Trolley Barn, antique maps of the area remnants from the old railroad line that once ran along the Plank Road Trail decorate the walls. Stop in for a milkshake at Sweet Mysteries. And to take full advantage of your excursion into farm country, stop in at the fresh vegetable stand just before the highway on your way out of town."

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Trail Information

Chicago
Nearby City
53
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Asphalt
Surface
Moderate
Skill Level
5 hours
Riding Time
Skating, Birding
Additional Use
USGS Steger, Frankfort, Manhattan, Mokena, and Joliet DeLorme: Illinois Atlas and Gazetteer: Pages 28, 36, and 37 Old Plank Road Trail Management Commission online map, www .oprt .org
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Oct 2018