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Rock Island Trail, Wyoming

#33 of 45 in Trails in Illinois
The Rock Island Trail State Park is a 26mi long public rail trail in the west-central region of the U.S. state of Illinois. It was designated a National Recreation Trail in 2003.It passes through portions of Peoria and Stark counties. The southern end of the trail is currently located at Pioneer Parkway in north Peoria, Illinois, and the northern end is in Toulon, Illinois, the county seat of Stark County. The right-of-way served as a railroad line from 1871 to 1963, was unused in 1963-1989, and has been a public trail since 1989.HistoryThe trail derives its name from the former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad, commonly known as the Rock Island. The current Rock Island Trail is a fragment of what was once a predecessor railroad, the Peoria and Rock Island Railroad built in 1869-1871, stretching southeastward from the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa to Peoria. The Rock Island soon acquired the Peoria and Rock Island and added it to their extensive trackage throughout the North American Great Plains; and this branch line once delivered large quantities of barley, rye, and other small grains to the distilleries of Peoria for the manufacture of American blended whiskey. With the coming of Prohibition in 1920, use of the railroad for this purpose declined, and the last train ran in 1963.
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  • This is a mostly flat trail for hiking, biking, etc. Beautiful in the fall with the changing leaves.  more »
  • Visiting family, always eager for a spin on two wheels. This is a well-maintained trail though fields and city alike. Ample places to stop, smoothly paved surface all the way.  more »
  • Great place to spend a day or weekend

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