Kickapoo Rail Trail

The Kickapoo Rail Trail is a 24.5-mile trail that follows the former CSX (Conrail prior to CSX) railroad from East Urbana to Kickapoo State Park outside of Danville. It passes through the communities of Mayview, St. Joseph, Ogden, Fithian, and Oakwood.
Activities include:Walking, bird-watching, running, bicycling, skiing, snowshoeing
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The first phase of the Kickapoo Rail Trail is now under construction. Work on the trail began in the spring of 2016. By July 2017, the 6.7 mile Urbana to St. Joseph trail segment is expected to open to the public for hiking, biking, and other non-motorized uses. 

The project was originally spearheaded under the leadership of Heartland Pathways and the Champaign County Design and Conservation Foundation.  The Champaign County Forest Preserve District, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and Vemilion County Conservation District own and manage the portion of the trail within their respective counties. 

A Rich Cultural History

The natural resources of this area provided prehistoric peoples, Native Americans and early non-native immigrants with the materials they needed to survive. This rich environment allowed local populations to settle, grow, and develop new technologies, leading to the 1869 construction of the railway that will serve as
the base of the Kickapoo Rail Trail. This line, originally the Indianapolis, Bloomington, and Western Railway, will allow travelers of today to ride and walk in the footsteps of Native Americans, early settlers, and even the young attorney Abraham Lincoln, who rode a nearby route on horseback as part of the 8th Judicial Circuit.

To become part of the exciting project, you can make a tax deductible donation by check, payable to Kickapoo Rail Trail or online at the link below. 

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Upcoming Events

Community Used Bike Sale

Saturday, April 29 from 10am-5pm
Champaign Cycle, 506 S. Country Fair Dr., Champaign
Link to bike sale

Surly Cross-Check Bike Auction

Two incredible opportunities rolled into one! Get an awesome bike AND help build the Kickapoo Rail Trail!

Neutral Cycle of Champaign is teaming up with the Forest Preserve Friends Foundation to offer a beautiful Surly Cross-Check at auction. The bike was built by hand with only the highest quality parts and utmost attention to detail, by the cycling experts at Neutral Cycle. The bike is valued at $2,400 with bids starting at $1,450. All proceeds, in excess of parts costs, will help to build the Kickapoo Rail Trail. Get yourself a great bike just in time for the first phase of the KRT to open in July, and help build future phases in the process!

To access the online auction go to:
To see more pictures go to the Kickapoo Rail Trail Facebook page:

4th Annual River to Rail Ride

September 30, 2017
Homer Lake Forest Preserve - New Location!
Check back in May for registration.

Learn more

More information about the trail will be provided as plans develop. Individuals interested in learning more about Kickapoo Rail Trail can get more information by contacting the CCFPD at or (217) 586-3360.  Follow the trail on Facebook ( and Twitter (@KickapooRT) too.