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The Puri Path is a paved route in Rock Cut State Park, a beautiful outdoor destination of more than 3,000 acres for the city of Rockford. The path runs through the heavily wooded northeast corner of the park, ending at the park road just north of Puri Crest Picnic Area. It was named after Sunil Puri, a Rockford businessman and philanthropist.
Parking is available in Rock Cut State Park (7318 Harlem Road) on the north end of the park. From I-90, take the State Route 173 Exit, then go west for a half mile to the park entrance. 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.
I skated on this starting at the new Perryville Path extension on the far west edge of Rock Cut State Park. Puri Path is very nice for inline skating, although some blind corners would need some slowing down if there's others on the path. I skated the entire West-to-east portion of the path, skipping the north/south leg. slightly hilly, scenic, and smooth trails for inline skating.
I rode this trail in June 2017. It is in the shape of a "T" and is completely paved and exceptionally beautiful, especially the "stem" of the T and the stretch running from the top of the "stem" to Perryville Rd.
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