Lincoln Park Trail

Illinois

Lincoln Park Trail Facts

States: Illinois
Counties: Macon
Length: 0.9 miles
Trail end points: W. Lincoln Park Dr. at east end of Lincoln Park and W. Lincoln Park Dr. just east of SR 48
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 7427149
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Lincoln Park Trail Description

The Lincoln Park Trail runs along the wooded north banks of the Sangamon River. It's mostly flat with a few low hills. Visible from the trail are Decatur's Lincoln Park, some classic old neighborhoods (with brick streets), and the old sections of historic Greenwood Cemetery.

At the east end of the trail, one can see the old and current dams that have formed Lake Decatur. Several central Illinois towns were settled along the Sangamon River, including Springfield, Petersburg and New Salem, all prominent in the life of Abraham Lincoln.

From the west end of this trail, it's less than 1 mile via city streets to connect to the Kiwannis Park/West Side Trail, and on to other trails on the west side of Decatur.

Parking and Trail Access

Both the west and east ends of Lincoln Park Drive have trail access and parking. The street ends in the west at State Route 48, with parking in Lincoln Park. It ends in the east at US Business Route 51, with parking near the trail end.

Lincoln Park Trail Reviews

This is the most overlooked of Decatur's west side trails, mostly because it's not connected directly to the others. Sunset Ave. is the street that connects this trail westward to the Kiwannis Park/West Side Trail. The street west of Fairview Ave. is through a nice old city neighborhood. The closeness to the river on the south makes this trail interesting and beautiful.

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