The Old Plank Road Trail

The Old Plank Road Trail is a 22-mile long flat, paved rail-trail that connects the Illinois towns of Joliet, New Lenox, Frankfort, Matteson, Richton Park, Park Forest, and Chicago Heights.

Trail history

The 135-acre Old Plank Road Trail was acquired between 1992 and 2006.

Prior to the District’s acquisition of the land, it was an abandoned railroad. Before the railroad’s construction, the corridor had originally been secured to build a wagon and horse road using wood planks, but the road was never built.

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