Lake of the Woods Path

Illinois

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Lake of the Woods Path Facts

States: Illinois
Counties: Champaign
Length: 3.3 miles
Trail end points: Crowley Rd./County Rd. 250 E just north of I-74 and N. Prairie View Rd./County Rd. 525 E and Fogel Rd.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 7590556
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Lake of the Woods Path Description

This trail through the Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve shows off Central Illinois' great natural beauty. Starting from the west, the trail meanders through a wonderfully restored prairie. It passes by a beautiful botanical garden and woods, then on across a covered bridge at the Sangamon River with more river views and woods to follow. One can also go off-trail, onto the paths and roadways of the Forest Preserve, to see its other popular features: a museum, lake, bell tower, golf course and more.

Although a short stretch (0.3 mile) in the middle of the route is on-road, it's clearly marked with trail signs and the roadway is suitably wide for both car traffic and trail goers. The shared-use roadway has a hard oil and gravel surface.

The trail is well maintained and popular with residents of the adjacent community of Mahomet. At the crossing of State Route 47, this trail intersects the Mahomet Village Bike Tail, which provides access to downtown and other parts of Mahomet.

Parking and Trail Access

From I-74, take Exit 172 to State Route 47 (N. Lombard St.) and turn north. Proceed about 1100 feet and turn left into the parking lot. The trail crosses the highway at the north end of the lot. There are smaller parking lots at the west and east ends of the trail.

Lake of the Woods Path Reviews

A very enjoyable trial to walk, run or ride. Terrain varies from level to slight but easy incline. Tree covered and fallows Sangamon River. Also links up with Mahomet township bike path that extends length. Rest rooms and water fountains easily found along the way. Points of interest at many areas to learn more about the area.

Scenic and smooth. Great for a walker and a partner in an electric wheelchair. A wonderful way to share the outdoors together.

Other then IN where else can you go ride your bike through a cover bridge and follow the trail of the Bison. Very nice peaceful ride. You do have to cross a highway if you do the whole trail. There also is other trails but these aren't paved and are good for a soft off roading.

I do like to park my car near the 172 exit off 74 there is a bathroom there and the parking lot is a bit bigger. If you are coming from the east as you get off turn right and a few feet on your left is the parking lot.

Accordion

This was a great ride. An easy trail winding through the trees along the river. It is a mostly secluded trail although there are a couple of areas where you need to watch for vehicles.

What a great nature trail, with so much more! Any time of year, the trail and park are beautiful! The link under Explore Related Content is a very good introduction to the park features and amenities. So close to the Interstate, this should be even more visited by travelers than it is. It is already more than popular with the local folks.

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