Hesse Trail

Illinois

Hesse Trail Facts

States: Illinois
Counties: St. Clair
Length: 0.7 miles
Trail end points: Illini Dr. and Charles St. and W. Washington St.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 7636802
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Hesse Trail Description

Hesse Trail connects two neighborhoods and a park in the city of O'Fallon with plans to extend and connect it to other trails in the large Metro-East area. It is a short, completely tree-covered rail-trail, well used by local residents. Except at its southern end, the trail runs along the top of an elevated earthen railbed with significant dropoffs on both sides.

Parking and Trail Access

From I-64, take Exit 16 to northbound N. Green Mount Rd. Proceed 1.5 miles, straight through the traffic circle at State St., and on to W. Madison St. Turn right and go 0.5 mile to the Hesse Park entrance on the right. Follow the road to the far parking lot, right by the trail entrance spur.

Hesse Trail Reviews

It's nice to see how a small community has used even this short section of abandoned rail bed to fashion a now comfortable and well-used trailway directly connnecting two neighborhoods and a city park. By bike or by foot, getting between any two of its access points by city street would be unsafe and much further. It was great to see children riding their bikes from home to the park, down the old rail-trail! It's like transportation coming full circle.

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