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Illinois’ Centennial Trail runs through parts of three suburban counties from Willow Springs Road to Romeo Road/135th Street southwest of Chicago. The trail occupies a thin strip of land between the Des Plaines River and the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, and features a historic swing bridge. Coursing primarily through forest, the trail is ideal for bird and wildlife watching.
The site of the trail is part of the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor, and the trail connects directly at its southern end with the northern portion of the nearly 70-mile Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail. Between Kingery Highway S./State Route 83 and Willow Springs Road, the Centennial Trail also parallels the John Husar I&M Canal Trail, which follows the southern bank of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.
Parking for the Centennial Trail is available in Romeoville at the Isle a la Cache Forest Preserve on E. Romeo Road and in a small lot just to the east where the trail meets the Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail. Parking is also available at Old Lemont Road and Des Plains River Drive in Lemont at the midpoint of the route. There's additional ample parking at Columbia Woods Forest Preserve on Willow Springs Rd & Corcoran Rd.
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