Sangamon River Trail

Illinois

Sangamon River Trail Facts

States: Illinois
Counties: Piatt
Length: 1.2 miles
Trail end points: N. Railroad Street and Green Apple Lane
Trail surfaces: Concrete, Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 7468916
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Sangamon River Trail Description

For just over a mile, the Sangamon River Trail in western Monticello follows the former route of the Illinois Central Railroad, which carried passengers from Chicago to New Orleans. The trail includes a long, historical railroad bridge across the Sangamon River and winds through dense woods.

At its western end, the pathway connects to residential housing via a farm road that goes on out to the beautiful Allerton Park. The 0.6-mile section between Green Apple Lane and Country Farm Road opened in 2015 and has a compacted stone surface; plans are in place to pave the section with concrete during 2016. The remainder of the trail is paved.

On the trail's eastern end, the Monticello Railway Museum is only about a half mile away and worth exploring for those interested in the corridor's history. Another half mile farther east and you also come to the East Prairie Bicycle & Walking Path. One day, the two rail-trails will be connected.

Parking and Trail Access

At the west end of the trail, there is a small off-street pull-in area for parking. From I-72, take Exit 164 and turn southeast (toward Monticello) on W. Bridge St./W. Center St. Proceed a short distance and turn right onto County Farm Road. Go 500 feet and look for the trail entrance on the left.

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After recovering from a fire in spring of 2012, that destroyed the trestle and decking leading up to the bridge, the City of Monticello Public Works Department rebuilt the pathway in winter of 2012. Taking it one step further, concrete was laid on the 0.6-mile trail surface, creating a smoother trail for walkers, bikers and runners! Come enjoy the forest, Sangamon River, and Monticello!

Due to be paved in 2013, this trail still is great for walking and bicycling. The trestle and bridge offer great scenery of the Sangamon River. City of Monticello administration is working towards extending the trail across County Farm Road.

A walk on this trail is like a step back in history. The long, old railroad trestle bridge. The tall canopy of trees on either side. And the surface that is still old railroad ballast, just like it was when once it supported ties and rails. It will be so good when one day this trail connects with the East Prairie Bicycle Trail and a planned, 7-mile rail-trail to run south to the village of Bement.

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