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.
Love this Trail BUT...
The very first time I rode this trail, I left from Morton. I loved the smooth paved path and once you headed down the BIG LONG HILL past the houses and streets, it was truly beautiful, with creeks, bridges and wildlife galore...Isolated from the main ...
I Think I Can, I Think I Can
Who knows why this is called "River Trail"--it doesn't even get close to the Illinois (or any other) River. "Big-Hill-Down-Towards-The-River" might be a better name. There is a long and gradual railroad grade down towards the Illinois River (going west), ...
I live close to this trail and walk/bike on it often. It was completely resurfaced this summer and is better than when it was new. New benches to rest on, new garbage bins on poles and new signs. Part of this trail goes through a very shaded, wooded area ...