This 10-foot wide asphalt trail winds 4.8 miles along the former Illinois Terminal Railroad Co. path. Built in 1991 with a matching grant from the IDNR, the River Trail Phase I provides a safe scenic route for outdoor recreation year round, winter weather permitting. The trail affords patrons the opportunity to experience the natural preservation of wildflowers, grasses, trees, and wildlife.
With direct access to the Park Administration Center, Bunnell Field, and Taylor Street ball diamonds, and in close proximity to Veterans Park, Central Jr. High, West Park, and local restaurants, the River Trail offers something for everyone.
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This phase of the River Trail was completed in October of 1992. This section of the trail is approximately 1.8 miles in length. 1200 linear feet of the trail is a six-foot wide boardwalk with three large decks overlooking the wetland area adjacent to the Illinois River. The remainder of the River Trail is a gravel walkway . All trail surfaces, shelters and restrooms on phase II may be accessed from both Cooper Parks and Spindler Marina.