I&M Canal - Trail, Channahon, Illinois

I&M Canal - Trail, Channahon, Illinois

DESCRIPTION

About 50+ miles of crushed limestone trail (Chanahon to LaSalle/Peru). Scenic wooded areas, aqueducts, river area, wildlife (wild flowers, herons, duck, deer, fox, fish, wild turkey, turtles, snakes, beaver, muskrats, etc.). Some single track off the path at McKinley Woods, Dresden Dam (goes to some ComEd service paths), Gebhard Woods, etc. down the line. However trail is mainly crushed limestone path. Excellent for a safe long rides.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 28, 2017]
James
Cross Country Rider

Beautiful rough flat trail mostly ride-able with some difficult downed tree crossings and muddy spots. Morris has ruined viaduct requiring a detour. Washouts have been mostly repaired. I have cleared many trees from trail myself. Trail bikes only, road bike will not work out well, sorry.

Customer Service

From Rt 55 to Buffalo Rock the trail is complete and functional. Beware of downed trees from all the storms, plus some 'mangroves' west of Marseilles. Morris to Buffalo Rock is 25 miles one way, great afternoon ride. Roll up the Seneca river bridge for a nice view of river, then back to the path.

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This trail is an off-road experience. The Fox River trail is fully paved, excellent road bike ride if you want pavement without vehicles. Very safe ride. Nothing can match the beauty of this ride!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 29, 2014]
MishMashTraveler
Weekend Warrior

This trail is amazing. I wanted to knock this out some time this year but camping & karate made it difficult. However, the weather has been amazing here so I decided to do this 2 days before I left. Note I've taken other overnight bike trips so I already have a list & own backpacking gear so the planning wasn't as hard as figuring out how I would get picked up on a Monday.

I was dropped off with my bike & gear in LaSalle near rte 6 & Canal St. The trail is smooth with the exception of areas all along the trail that was repaired with rocky gravel. I had no issues losing the trail or not knowing where to go. From LaSalle to Morris, there are town often enough that it's easy to refill with water, find a place to eat, etc. Note that I planned on camping at Gebbhard Woods 9/28 and when I got there around 5 pm & the place as a ghost town. No rangers, no campers, no one. there was also apartment buildings and it was in an area with some houses up on the other side. I was alone (& female), I was getting eaten alive, there was no running water in the bathrooms to wash up & I felt that I was easy prey for young vandals. I decided to bike up to the Super 8 to spend the night (well worth the $60). So I got back on the I&M & bike east however 1/4 on the trail, the bridge was completely collapsed but there was a 24 -28 inch side wall that someone walking could probably risk walking on & stepping across to the other piece of broken cement. I decided not to b/c my bike was weighed down with gear. There is a section before Seneca that is very overgrown & a single path but the mile markers let you know you are still on target. so other than that, the trail was awesome, the people I encountered were nice - the Super 8 clerk gave me a charger to borrow to recharge my phone, restaurants gave me ice water or helped me fill my camelback. I highly recommend this trail.

Customer Service

stay on the trail with a small detour just east of Gebbhard woods - take the main roads into downtown Morris & then hop back on.

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n/a

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 05, 2012]
Mark
Weekend Warrior

I've ridden the entire trail and it is all currently open and in good shape.
The surface is crushed limestone. It is an easy flat trail. The eastern section has a few spots with amenties.The western section doesn't. The Illinois DNR has a detailed map of both the eastern and western sections. If you search for the I&M canal, you will easily find their site.

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
1
[Jul 17, 2009]
ehrenkd
Weekend Warrior

My wife and I rode the trail from LaSalle to Ottawa and back to LaSalle. We were fortunate to run into some local people a few miles before Utica to let us know about a walk around from a washed out bridge where the sign says the path is closed. Apparently it has been washed out for a couple of years. After this there is a couple more places before Utica where you must cross some small streams of water with your bike in hand. The streams have "bridges" made of downed tree limbs with 1X4's nailed to them. There were also several water in the trail spots where it was muddy also. We've had lots of rain recently. This part of the trail wouldn't be much for a road bike or if you aren't able to carry your bike.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
[Sep 10, 2008]
Mike
Weekend Warrior

Great ride for exercise and wildlife viewing. Wise to have water and repair gear as there are long stretches between civilization. As with most of Illinois, trail is flat. There are camping pull-offs for those that want to do the entire trail. However, the budget cuts have resulted in trail closures. The signs were up on the Romeoville to Joliet section and about 5 miles out of Morris/Gebhard Woods going towards Seneca, the closure sign is up, but the barrier has been knocked down and cyclists are still on the trail. Protests are scheduled. I have emailed the governor and suggest everyone do the same.

Customer Service

Any, but avoiding the towns is nicer.

Similar Products Used:

Hennipen Canal trail

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RATING
2
VALUE
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1
[Sep 02, 2008]
SAVE_IMP
Weekend Warrior

The Governor of Illinois’s office recently announced that the State of Illinois will be closing the I&M and Hennepin Canal State Parks.
While it’s unclear whether the State will put “trail closed” signs up, there is no apparent money to maintain them and fallen trees, washouts, and other issues will undoubtedly happen.

Please help pass the words to help keep the trail open by contacting the governor’s office. 217-782-0244, 312-814-2121, or www.illinois.gov/helpdesk/contact.cfm and click on the “Governor’s on Line Contact Form”

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 20, 2006]
kastigar
Cross Country Rider

I’ve ridden this trail many times, the full length. It’s a great trail.

Don’t let the crushed limestone discourage you. Alongside most of the trail there’s a parallel paved road. You can switch between path/road frequently, going back and forth as much as you want. There’s also many small towns along the route and plenty to do and explore.

You can also reach this trail by bike from the Chicago area – see a route at http://www.routeslip.com/map.php?map=4388 or else http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=369699.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
1
[Aug 19, 2006]
Joey A Terrell
Cross Country Rider

Trail is very flat and not as busy as many metropolitian Chicago trails. Great for leasure ride. It is 84 miles long from Rock Dale just east and south of Joliet all the way to LaSalle/Peru. Long streachs of blacktop, but mostly crushed and packed limestone. Very Shady and nice for a hot day ride.

Customer Service

My wife and I like to start in Channahan and ride to Morris about 12 miles and very easy.

Similar Products Used:

The Plank Trail from Matteson to New Lennox just east of Joliet. This trail is 18 miles of asphalt. Great ride.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 19, 2003]
cbxtc6
Weekend Warrior

I live near the West end of the I&M, and there are a variety of trails OFF the main Towpath, which should be explored! These vary in difficulty, and some are extremely dangerous. Just be careful, and use common sense. When you see a trail shooting off the main road, take it for a ride!

Customer Service

I80 to I39S>, take the LaSalle exit, turn South at IL351 to I&M access parking lot.

Similar Products Used:

Matthiessen Park, Buffalo Rock, Starved Rock, Hennepin Canal.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 01, 2000]
Barbarann

Excellent trail to run and bike!! Ride as many miles as you can - some very nice sites all along the trail. Aux Sable Aqueduct, wildlife, forest preserves, quaint towns, Farm Houses, etc.

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For more technical single track try Hammel Woods in Joliet. Only about 4+ miles of trail but very nice.

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5
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