River Trail of Illinois (Carl "Bud" Schmitt Trail)

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Running from East Peoria to Morton, The River Trail of Illinois was resurfaced in summer 2011. From East Peoria, the hiking and biking trail travels southeast along the old Illinois Terminal Railway line. Trail users can experience a bit of tall-grass prairie, bluff and forest habitats that comprise the Illinois River valley. This portion of the trail was recently named for Carl "Bud" Schmitt, a long-time advocate for East Peoria's parks and trails.

The northern portion of the trail, under East Peoria's jurisdiction, lies between Main Street and Hawthorn Avenue. The Morton portion of the trail is 2 miles long and begins near the intersection of W. Jackson Street and Detroit Avenue. A 0.5-mile extension spur leads to Westwood Park.

Parking and Trail Access

In Peoria, you can access the River Trail of Illinois from the Fondulac Park District headquarters at 201 Veterans Drive. In Morton, you can access the trail from Westwood Park (Veterans Road north of Jackson Street/US 150) or from West Jefferson Street southeast of its intersection with Detroit Avenue.


One of our favorite local trails

   September, 2015 by neff2k

Great little trail! You can park down on the right hand side of Bass Pro Shop where the trail officially starts. This will let you get the uphill travel out of the way first so you can enjoy the ride downhill on the way back. Decent incline about 3-4 ...read more


   September, 2015 by weezard1

This is a great paved trail with a little bit of everything. I like to start at Bass Pro Shop in East Peoria and head up to Morton. There is a long, steady incline through a lovely shaded area. Then, on the way back, I get the reward of sailing down through ...read more

Recumbent friendly

   June, 2015 by greygirl45

This trail is a freshly paved 14-20 mile round trip from Morton parking, across from KMart. Lots of sun the first 3 miles with 4-5 street crossings. Friendly for pet owners, runners, rollerblades, and family riding. A good incline and challenge riding ...read more