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Note: The trail is closed at 127th Street & Rt 83 (MM12) until the end of 2022.
The Cal-Sag Trail (or, Calumet-Sag Trail) is currently under active construction. It currently has a competed section of over 15 miles, stretching from near its western terminus at the John Husar I&M Canal Trail to Freedom Park (Alsip) in the east, with a discrete section in Riverdale. When completed, the trail will stretch some 26 miles, mostly along the Cal-Sag Channel and Little Calumet River. It will connect several communities and other trails, and provide access to several forest preserves and natural areas.
Near its present western endpoint at the Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, the trail passes through the Sag Quarries Nature Preserve, where old stone quarries have been converted to lakes for birding, fishing and hiking. From there eastward, the trail is rather flat as it passes cleared expanses of forest land now landscaped with natural grasses and wildflowers.
On eastward, beyond the cutoff to Teason's Woods, the trail becomes more hilly and densely tree-lined, all the way to just east of the 86th Avenue parking area. There it comes away from the woods to run alongside Calumet Sag Road, all the way to Southwest Highway. For about two blocks the trail continues alongside the highway without crossing it, though some trail-goers may want to cross to one of the businesses there to get refreshment or food.
From highway to woods again, the trail rejoins its fundamental alignment next to the Channel. It goes under another roadway and a railroad bridge, before breaking onto a quiet city street around the beautiful Lake Katherine area. From there it's back to wooded trailway all the way to the end at Ridgeland Avenue. There the trail passes the newly built Trinity Sports Complex then continues to 127th street where you cross over the Channel and then follow along it until you go under the Cicero Avenue (SR 50) bridge and reach it's current endpoint at Freedom Park in Alsip, IL. Parking is available at Freedom park and there is a portable toilet available at the park. Future plans will see the continuation of the trail East for an additional 13 miles but this section is under construction and is not accessible at this time. A short open segment runs through the Joe Louis Golf Course in Riverdale, adjacent to the Whistler Woods Forest Preserve that is the southern endpoint for the Major Taylor Trail.
There is parking on the completed trail at these locations:
Lake Katherine is the only area with restrooms and drinking fountains, as well.
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