Progress is being made on the Calumet-Sag Trail (dubbed the Cal-Sag Trail), which will one day stretch 26 miles from Lemont east to Burnham in the southern suburbs of Chicago. As it follows the banks of the Cal-Sag Channel and Calumet River, the trail will connect 14 communities and provide access to several forest preserves and natural areas.

Its western half—which will be a paved 13-mile segment between Route 83 (Archer Avenue) in Lemont and Freedom Park (just east of Cicero Avenue) in Alsip—will officially open on National Trails Day, June 6, 2015, with a grand ribbon cutting. Construction on the trail’s eastern segments will continue over the next two years (2015-2017).

The Cal-Sag Trail will connect to several others, including the largely forested Centennial Trail on its western end and the Burnham Greenway, on its eastern end close the state’s border with Indiana.


All project trails listed on are in various phases of development and may not be open for public use. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy does not manage any trails listed on To learn more about the current status of trail development, please look in the "Related Links" section below to find contact information for the local organization or agency responsible for trail management.