Old Plank Road Trail - Trail, Frankfort, Illinois

Old Plank Road Trail - Trail, Frankfort, Illinois

DESCRIPTION

Almost fully paved as of 10/14/99. Runs from Joliet on the west to Matteson on the East.

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 18, 2006]
dkaros
Weekend Warrior

Flat. Minimal grade change. This is a former rail line that was converted to a trail in the late 90s.

Website:

http://www.oprt.org

Recently, funding has come through to extend the trail from the west end at Park. The trail will be extended a little over a mile west to connect to Washington Street.

Customer Service

Park in downtown Frankfort. Head on the trail west to the end at Park. Go south on Park to Washington.

Washington to Rowell. South to the trail head of Wauponsee Glacier Trail. Take this trail to Laraway Road. East to Cherry Hill road. South back to Old Plank Road Trail. Take the trail east back to downtown Frankfort.

If you are riding a mountain bike, the Wauponsee Glacier trail continues south as crushed limestone.

Watch for horses on the trail. The horses are bigger than us bikers.


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Hickory Creek trails are awesome.

Here is our forest preserve site with trails.

http://www.fpdwc.org/regional.cfm


OVERALL
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3
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1
[Jan 03, 2004]
Ryan
Cross Country Rider

I agree this trail gets crowded and is inhabited with people not paying attention to their surroundings. People are friendly and abundant. The town of Frankfort is a nice stop, I suggest the ice cream shop near the hardware store.

Customer Service

The Overpass (which is over US45) to the end at Western Ave. The end of the trail is not a nice neighborhood by the looks of it though.

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I have not ridden any nearby trails.

OVERALL
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5
VALUE
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2
[Jan 15, 2000]
Demetrius J. Karos

Overall, this trail is only moderately crowded and very pleasant for serious or novice. From downtown Frankfort and going east, there are a few stores so one can get a drink or eats.

On Saturdays during the summer, the farmer's market is held in the downtown Frankfort area.

By 2001, this trail is supposed to go from Park Forest, IL through Joliet, IL. At the present time, there are a few gaps in the New Lenox, IL area.

Ample parking is available at different area including the downtown Frankfort area.

Customer Service

Anywhere as long as you don't miss downtown Frankfort. If you want quiet and minimal crowds, head towards the end of the trail at Western Avenue in Park Forest, Illinois.

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Oak Forest trail around George Dunne/Forest Preserve National golf course and continuing on through Oak Forest.

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4
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[Aug 12, 2000]
Joe Zumpf

The trail is a very well done paved ttrail. It is nice if you want to see some scenery or for excercise. It is also good if you want to race a buddy.

Customer Service

I have ridden from Providence to the end of the trail in Matson. It is a well done trail. I normally just ride from Cedar road to Harlem Ave. This is what I think is the nicest route. There are plenty of stops. I recomend stopping at the Creamery for food and/or water.

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5
VALUE
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[Oct 03, 2000]
Barry Meyer

This trail is paved, straight, level, and smooth as glass, as you would expect from a newly paved trail that follows an old railroad track. There is no option to select "every day", but that's how often I ride it in good weather, since I work 1 block away. Go there to spin, it is NOT a mountain bike trail. It is usually not too crowded, but the people in the New Lenox area seem particularly ignorant of good trail manners. (Kids and adults alike will stop and block the entire width of trail.) The trail is currently 20 miles long, from Western Avenue in Park Forest to maybe the Joliet City limits. Great place for a good long road ride, without the worry of being hit by cars.

Customer Service

There are only 2 choices - east or west.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
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[Oct 16, 2000]
Sean Barry

The Old Plank Road Trail (OPRT) follows the former Michigan Central (aka Penn Central) rail line which was partially abandon in 1976. (Note: A miles east of the head of the trail in Park Forest resumes use as a railroad). The trail is very falt as is rests on the former right of way. There is some of the rarest prarie in Illinois along the trail from I-57 west to Harmlem Ave. In the summer one can view well over 300 species of plants and 160 species or so of birds, there is also an abundance of various small animals, turtles, frogs, and snakes for the nature lover. At good place to stop off for a rest or lunch is in historic downtown Frankfort, IL about 10 miles west of the head of the trail at Western Ave. Note: The trail can become quite crowded especially in the summer in Frankfort and New Lenox especially. Watch for others as some are oblivious to trail etiquette. There are some remote area of the trail that are at the most 2 miles form the nearest center of town. The trail is well patrolled by various ploice departments in the area. This trail is for everyone, experts bike riders, beginners, walkers, joggers, and rollerbladers too. Have Fun!!!

Customer Service

Take the time to experience the trail between I-57 and Harlem Ave expecially.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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[Nov 29, 2001]
Tom

The Old Plank Road trail is a strait, mostly flat trail which is well suited for biking. Although the trail runs east-west, it is (overall) well protected from the wind; embankments, bushes and trees are well utilized. The trail is also well kept, repairs on damaged pavedment are made within a reasonable amount of time after discovery. The trail is about one mid-sized car width, so there's plenty of room to pass (occasionally you will come up on a some people who are a bit ignorant when it comes to trail edequete, but not too often). This trail is great too "feel the burn". You can develop a pace and stick with it. The only problem I have with the trail is that it should have some benches and sheltered areas in the remote locations.

Customer Service

The entire trail excluding the Joliet area (too crowded).

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4
VALUE
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[Feb 21, 2002]
TRIGUY

Watch for cars, people with dogs, ignorant people standing in the middle, and other obstacles. But other than that you can use this trail as a training ground. Often times you can find some older recumbant guys really cruising 21-22 mph. I train for triathlons on this trial. Still safer than fling down laraway.

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3
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