Jane Addams Trail
Come on in to downtown Freeport! The City of Freeport is excited to have the Jane Addams Trail complete from Wes Block Trailhead to the Tutty's Crossing Trailhead bringing access to downtown Freeport. This section of the trail offers travelers lodging, restaurants, stores, and specialty shops in historic downtown Freeport (listing available at freeport
Tutty's Crossing Trailhead located at 250 E. Stephenson, Freeport, Illinois, is on the banks of the Pecatonica River and offers paved parking, information kiosks, and boat access. Shelter, restroom, and other amenities are under development. In the meantime, local merchants welcome bicyclists to use pretzel-shaped bike racks throughout downtown Freeport. This new section connects Freeport, Illinois to Wisconsin state line where it connects to Badger State Trail, a 40 mile trail to Madison Wisconsin.
The Jane Addams Trail is a journey through time...rich with stories. The trail, named after Jane Addams, the humanitarian and public health pioneer born and raised in nearby Cedarville, is part of the Grand Illinois Trail which traverses northern Illinois from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River. Its crushed limestone surface may be used by hikers, bicyclists, snowmobilers, and cross-country skiers.
Access to the trail is available at;
The Jane Addams Trail connects at the Wisconsin state line with the Badger Trail which extends to Madison, Wisconsin.
Future plans are to connect Rockford to Freeport to Madison. This will be accomplished by joining the Jane Addams Trail with the Pecatonica Prairie Trail at Tutty's Crossing Trailhead by constructing the trail as far as the Route 20 by-pass running the trail close to the Pecatonica River. As funds permit, sections of the Pecatonica Prairie Trail will be developed between Freeport and Winnebago County. The proposed project designs and constructs the Pecatonica Prairie Trail in Freeport and Stephenson County as part of the Grand Illinois Trail.
Trail development has been funded by Federal Recreational Trails Program grants, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Bike Path grant, Jane Addams Trail Commission including members of City of Freeport, Freeport Park District, Stephenson County, Village of Orangeville, as well as private donations through Northwest Illinois Trails Foundation.
Jane Addams Trail Maps and Information: view link
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