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The Perryville Path runs nearly 7 miles, connecting the communities of Loves Park and Rockford, not far from the northern border of Illinois. A pleasant place to begin your journey is Rock Cut State Park, a beautiful forested area abounding in recreational opportunities such as swimming, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, picnicking and camping.
Continue south on the paved pathway alongside Perryville Road through residential, commercial and business areas. Conveniently, the trail also passes the Rockford Bicycle Company, one of the largest bike shops in city. The trail ends not far from a shopping and dining complex situated between Argus Drive and East State Street, and future plans include extending the trail southward to the CherryVale Mall to connect residents to more shopping and dining amenities.
A recent trail extension in the Rock Cut State Park connects Perryville to Rock Cut Path. The trail also connects to the Rock Valley College Path via Spring Brook Road bike lanes that head west towards the Rockford campus of Rock Valley College.
Mid-trail, there is parking available at the Peace Plaza (at E. Riverside Boulevard & McFarland Road).
At the northern end of the trail, there are two places to park inside Rock Cut State Park (7318 Harlem Road):
1) The park's horse camp parking lot is about 200 yards east from the Perryville Path and is on Hart Road, which sees little vehicle traffic.
2) The park's dam parking lot is about 1.5 miles east of the Perryville Path. It's located at the Lake View Trailhead and picnic area on the west side of Pierce Lake; from there, you can take the Willow Creek Path to the trail.
Note that the park closes at 10 p.m. during the spring and summer and 5 p.m. during the winter. Visit the park's website for details.
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