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Except for short-distance walkers, the principal attraction of the Kiwanis Park/West Side Trail is its connection to the other parts of Decatur's trail system. From its western terminus, one can access the Conservation District Trail and, from there, the other scenic trails that span the west side of the city. From its eastern terminus, it's less than 1 mile via city streets to connect to the Lincoln Park Trail along the Sangamon River.
There's only one significant hill at the western end of the trail; the rest is mostly flat with a few low grades. Along the way, the trail passes open grasslands, wooded areas and residential neighborhoods. About midway, Kiwanis Park offers picnic tables, a drinking fountain, playgrounds and athletic fields.
The western end of the trail is not accessible by roadway. The eastern end has only street access (no parking). It can be reached by driving from State Route 48 in southwest Decatur. Go west on W. Sunset Avenue and turn south onto S. Summit Avenue.
Street access and parking are both available at Kiwanis Park, the midpoint of the trail. From downtown Decatur, take W. Main Street and turn south onto S. Redwood Lane. Drive two long blocks to W. Forest Avenue. Parking is on the right.
Decatur's other trails are so much more noteworthy, this trail seems kind of mediocre. It's good enough. Peaceful. Variety of landscapes. Only one steep hill to climb. Good surface. Just not outstanding. Sunset Ave. is the street that connects this trail eastward to the Lincoln Park Trail. The street west of Fairview Ave. is through a nice old city neighborhood.
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