Skip to content


The Sangamon River Trail bridge along the Heartland Pathways in Illinois | Photo by Chris Bucher

Learn about trails in Illinois including top trails, trail statistics, funding, projects and how you can get involved.

Top 10 Trails in Indiana video (2021)

View Illinois trails on TrailLink, RTC’s trail-finder app

View IL Trails

State Stats


total rail-trails


miles of rail-trails


current projects


miles of potential rail-trail

49.4 M

Available Funds in the State

US Funds

FY23 Total Reserved for Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails Program (source: FHWA)​

Research upcoming funding opportunities

Learn about Transportation Alternatives funding in the state


News & Stories from IL

View More Blogs

Great American Rail-Trail

The Great American Rail-Trail® is the nation’s first cross-country multiuse trail, stretching more than 3,700 miles between Washington, D.C., and Washington State.

Illinois’ Hennepin Canal Parkway | Photo courtesy Thomas Photographic Services, Trails for Illinois

Learn more about the IL section
Donate today!


Everyone deserves access to safe ways to walk, bike and be active outdoors.