Lost Bridge Trail

Sangamon County, Illinois

Distance5.5mi
Elevation Gain306ft
Trailhead Elevation571ft
Top587ft
Elevation Min/Max522/587ft
Elevation Start/End571/571ft

Lost Bridge Trail

Lost Bridge Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Sangamon County, Illinois. It is 5.5 miles long and begins at 571 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 306 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms and an information map. Along the trail there is a wood.

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Best Rail Trails Illinois (Falcon Guides)
Ted Villaire
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"This well-used trail on the west side of Springfield takes you through a wooded landscape, over a couple bridges, and alongside a handsome community park. In the community of Rochester at the south end of the trail, you’ll learn about a historic meeting between a former president and Abraham Lincoln when he served in the Illinois legislature. The Lost Bridge Trail runs along a railroad corridor between the east edge of Springfield and the nearby village of Rochester. The trail’s name refers to an old train bridge over Sugar Creek at the beginning of the route that was sold for scrap metal by the railroad company. Fortunately one of the two old bridges that were once along this stretch of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad remain. The remaining bridge spans the South Fork of the Sangamon River near Rochester. The first section of the trail brushes against a reservoir that sits behind the large Illinois Department of Transportation building." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Springfield, Illinois (Falcon Guides)
Johnny Molloy
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"This paved path starts at Illinois Department of Transportation headquarters, circles by a pretty lake, and then joins an old railroad grade heading southeast. You will be hiking with IDOT employees at first. The path travels in thick forest, bridging Sugar Creek. The hike keeps on to a tunnel under Hill Top Road. This is a good place to begin backtracking, but the trail continues to Rochester." Read more

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Trail Information

Sangamon County
Nearby City
Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
Asphalt
Surface
Moderate
Skill Level
Skating, Birding
Additional Use
Lost Bridge Trail; USGS Springfield East
Local Maps

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Dec 2018