Hennepin Canal Parkway

The Hennepin Canal National Recreation Trail provides many miles of trail recreation for biking, hiking, snowmobiling, horseback riding, and paddling along a historic canal corridor.


Type: Rail Trail
Length: 172.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Equestrian - Riding
Motorized vehicles - Snowmobiling
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: The Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park is a 104.5 mile linear park spanning five Illinois Counties (Bureau, Henry, Lee, Rock Island, and Whiteside)
State(s): Illinois
Counties: Bureau, Henry & Whiteside
Latitude: 41.40816
: -89.7847

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The Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park is a 104.5 mile linear park spanning five Illinois Counties (Bureau, Henry, Lee, Rock Island, and Whiteside). Construction of the Canal got under way in 1892 and the first boat went through in 1907, reducing the distance from Chicago to Rock Island by 419 miles. The Hennepin was the first American canal built of concrete without stone cut facings. The Hennepin Canal, which at one time was known as the Illinois and Mississippi Canal, was open to boat traffic until 1951. The Hennepin Canal provides a wide variety of recreational activities including fishing, boating, picnicking, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, bicycling, and snowmobiling.

The Hennepin Canal is also steeped in history and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. History, Natural Beauty, and Recreation makes the Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park an important resource for all the communities along its banks.

Additional Details

Width: 120 inches.
Primary Surface: Grass or vegetation
Secondary Surface: Grass or Vegetation

Average Grade: 1%
Elevation Low Point: 450
Elevation High Point: 646
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Document: photo - Along the trail
Website: Rails-to-Trails
Website: Friends of the Hennepin Canal

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Steve Moser
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
16006-875 E. St.
Sheffield , IL 61361
(815) 454-2328
http:dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/R1/ hennpin.htm



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