Emerald ash borer infested tree removal is completed on the Old Plank Road Trail and at Messenger Woods Nature Preserve, and is now taking place at Teale Woods Preserve.
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The 135-acre Old Plank Road Trail was acquired between 1992 and 2006.
Prior to the Districtís acquisition of the land, it was an abandoned railroad. Prior to the railroad's construction, the corridor had originally been secured to build a wagon and horse road using wood planks, but the road was never built.
Trail Location and Access
The Old Plank Road Trail travels 21 miles from Joliet east through New Lenox, Frankfort, Matteson, and Park Forest.
Hickory Creek Bikeway: A street route in New Lenox and a trail connection in Mokena connect the Old Plank Road Trail to the 3.68-mile, paved western segment of the Hickory Creek Bikeway. Street routes in Mokena connect the Old Plank Road Trail to the 2.9-mile, paved eastern segment of the Hickory Creek Bikeway.