Wabash Trail


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Wabash Trail Facts

States: Illinois
Counties: Sangamon
Length: 2.1 miles
Trail end points: Wabash Ave. and S. Park Ave. and Robbins Rd. between Hollis Dr. and Lindbergh Blvd.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6032462
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Wabash Trail Description

The Wabash Trail is the epitome of an urban rail-trail link. It's straight and flat. It has bridges over its only intersecting roadways. Just keep moving and enjoy. The trail connects city neighborhoods in its midsection with shopping areas on both ends. At its eastern end point, it connects directly with the popular Interurban Trail that runs south to Chatham. The trail is open dawn to dusk.

Parking and Trail Access

This trail has connected parking lots in Vredenburg Park and at its eastern trail end. To access the latter from I-72, take MacArthur Boulevard north to Junction Circle/West North Street. Turn left and proceed two blocks to South Park Avenue. Proceed straight through the intersection; parking is 200 feet ahead, on the right.

Wabash Trail Reviews

This trail is the first trail my family ever rode on. We usually connect it with the Interurban Trail. It's a great trail to ride, walk, jog or other.

Flat, an all around great trail. Very well maintained and easy access too.

This is one of our favorite trails to ride. High recommended.

We rode to this trail from the interurban trail. The Wabash Trail is nice and wide. There are many places to eat along the trail. I would like to do this ride again in the summer when it's warmer.

It's straight. It's flat. It has bridges; it has no street intersections. Just sit back, pedal and enjoy. My wife and I ride a tandem recumbent trike we transport on a trailer. We park down at the Sheels sporting goods store (MacArthur at I-72) and ride this and the Interurban Trail together. Makes for a nice long ride with lots of change in scenery along the way. Sheels is a great hub for this ride. It has spacious parking, a food counter, and even bike repair.


The description above is inaccurate, as this trail most certainly used to be a railroad. I'd know; the house I grew up is right on the trail! My parents joked that as a kid, I could hear a train coming from miles away.

At any rate, while this trail is short, it does go places: shopping areas, a neighborhood park and homes are accessible on the western end. When you cross Chatham Road, there is access to more shopping areas, including a postal station, several restaurants and my favorite: the beer store!

At the eastern terminus, there is a short jog farther east where you can then hookup to the Interurban Trail, which heads south to Chatham. With the opening of the MacArthur crossing, a round trip on the Wabash and Interurban trails goes about 22.5 miles.

"The work at Woodside Road is now finished. The Wabash and Interurban trails are fully connected--and ""bladable"" from end to end."

"The trail now connects to the Interurban Trail, giving almost 10 miles of paved riding. When a brief hiatus at Woodside Road is finished--hopefully in a few weeks--the trail will be complete for bladers as well. The trail is located on an old railroad bed."

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