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The first 6.7-mile section of the Kickapoo Rail Trail in eastern Illinois opened in August 2017. Paralleling U.S. 150, the Champaign County rail-trail runs from Urbana east to St. Joseph along the former Big Four Railroad through a rural and open landscape.
Future phases of the trail will continue its eastward trajectory into Vermilion County to Danville (near the Indiana border) for a total of 24.5 miles. Along the way, the trail will connect the small towns of Ogden, Fithian, and Oakwood, and include a trestle bridge over the Middle Fork River, as well as provide access to Kickapoo State Park.
Near the western endpoint of the trail in Urbana, there is parking available in the northwest corner of the Walmart parking lot, at the intersection of U.S. Route 150 (University Avenue) and IL Route 130 (High Cross Road). A short section of sidewalk connects the trail with the parking lot.
Near the eastern endpoint of the trail in St. Joseph, there is parking available in Kolb Park, off S. Elm St. at W. Sherman St. Trail access is a half block north from the park, along Market St.
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