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Wauponsee Glacial Trail
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The 274-acre Wauponsee Glacial Trail was acquired between 2004 and 2010.

Prior to the District's acquisition of the land, it was two abandoned railroads.

Trail Location and Access

The Wauponsee Glacial Trail travels 22.29 miles from Joliet south through Manhattan, Symerton, and Wilmington to Custer Park.

The trail may be accessed from the following locations:Trail Experience and Activities

The Wauponsee Glacial Trail is a 22.29-mile paved/crushed limestone linear trail consisting of two segments.

The northern segment of the trail travels 2.8 miles from Sugar Creek Preserve north to Rowell Avenue in Joliet. This flat, paved segment of the trail travels through woodland, prairie, and wetland. It is ideal for the following activities:The southern segment of the trail extends an additional 19.49 miles from Sugar Creek Preserve south to the Kankakee River. This flat, crushed limestone segment of the trail travels through prairie. It is ideal for the following activities:Download a map of the Wauponsee Glacial Trail.

Trail Connections

Centennial Trail/I&M Canal Trail: Street routes in Joliet connect the north end of the Wauponsee Glacial Trail to the 10.81-mile, linear crushed limestone/paved Centennial Trail/I&M Canal Trail.

I&M Canal State Trail: Street routes in Joliet connect the north end of the Wauponsee Glacial Trail to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' 61.5-mile, linear crushed limestone I&M Canal State Trail.

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Trails: The Elwood section of the Wauponsee Glacial Trail connects to the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie trail system owned by the U.S. Forest Service.

Old Plank Road Trail: Street routes in Joliet connect the north end of the Wauponsee Glacial Trail to the 21-mile, linear paved Old Plank Road Trail.

Download a map of Joliet area bike trail connections.
Wauponsee Glacial Trail Users
Photograph Courtesy of Glenn P. Knoblock
Location
The Wauponsee Glacial Trail travels 22.29 miles from Joliet south through Manhattan, Symerton, and Wilmington to Custer Park.

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