Loop Trail? No
Type: Rail Trail
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Equestrian - Riding
Motorized vehicles - Snowmobiling
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No
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Location: The Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park is a 104.5 mile linear park spanning five Illinois Counties (Bureau, Henry, Lee, Rock Island, and Whiteside)
Counties: Bureau, Henry & Whiteside
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The Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park is a 104.5 mile linear park spanning five Illinois Counties (Bureau, Henry, Lee, Rock Island, and Whiteside). Construction of the Canal got under way in 1892 and the first boat went through in 1907, reducing the distance from Chicago to Rock Island by 419 miles. The Hennepin was the first American canal built of concrete without stone cut facings. The Hennepin Canal, which at one time was known as the Illinois and Mississippi Canal, was open to boat traffic until 1951. The Hennepin Canal provides a wide variety of recreational activities including fishing, boating, picnicking, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, bicycling, and snowmobiling.
The Hennepin Canal is also steeped in history and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. History, Natural Beauty, and Recreation makes the Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park an important resource for all the communities along its banks.
Width: 120 inches.
Primary Surface: Grass or vegetation
Secondary Surface: Grass or Vegetation
Average Grade: 1%
Maximum Grade: 8%
Elevation Low Point: 450
Elevation High Point: 646
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available
Year Designated: 2004
Supporting Webpages and DocumentsDocument: photo - Along the trail
Website: Friends of the Hennepin Canal
For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
16006-875 E. St.
Sheffield , IL 61361
PhotosNo additional photos are available.
There are many options for recreation on this trail. Biking, walking, and kayaking each give you a different experience of the canal and its unique history and environment. You can spend anywhere from an hour to a whole day enjoying the resources. This trail is great in any season to get out and enjoy the area!
August 16, 2018
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