Rock Island Trail

64246427_10162030231555247_3344490994740494336_n.jpg

What is now Rock Island Trail was formerly the Peoria and Rock Island Railroad Company railroad between Peoria and Rock Island, passing through the small towns of Alta, Dunlap, Princeville, Stark, Wyoming, and Toulon.

As the railroad corridor reverted to nature, much of the original tall prairie grasses have returned. These abundant native grasses compliment flowering perennials, hardwood trees, and wildflowers along the streams and rivers which cross the trail.

Enjoy more than 26 miles of uninterrupted nature!

Park Information

Improved access points to Rock Island Trail are at Alta, Wyoming and Toulon. Parking, water and pit toilets are located at access areas. Parking-only facilities are located at Dunlap (on Parks School Road) and Peoria/Stark County line (North Cedar Bluff Road, 00N). Where the trail intersects the small towns along its route of city streets and sidewalks, directional signs are utilized.

The park office is in the Chicago Burlington & Quincy Depot located in Wyoming. Since the depot is open as staffing is available, phone (309) 695-2228 or email dnrparksadmin@illinois.gov if planning a visit.

Our family loves taking bike rides and going for picnic lunches and dinners. We love the bridge over the Kickapoo creek, the train bridge over the RIT and exploring the RIT Kickapoo creek recreational area/campground.” -Beth J

“We always bike to Wilhelm entrance and take trail to Dunlap, past library and past Dunlap proper. I’ve always wanted to have a picnic near the Kickapoo bridge, but we end up stopping by the Dunlap library, a good place to stop for a drink + snack, maybe even a trip to the library!” -Pam G

64453865_10162030406250247_6767485625055576064_n.jpg

“We mainly use the section from Pioneer Park to Dunlap. The tunnel is a highlight as is crossing the Kickapoo Creek bridge. We plan to do a through hike this summer from trail head to trail head.” -Jeff F