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      East to west the trail is surfaced from Bureau Junction, near the Illinois River, to Colona on the Rock River. A feeder canal to Rock Falls, 29.2 miles long, also is surfaced. Bring your own refreshments as only the Visitor Center has drinking water available. Be sure to yield the right-of-way to horses.
      There are more than 70 miles of biking enjoyment on the Main Canal, 29 miles along the Feeder Canal, and 3 miles along the Milan Section. Equestrians use the grassy side of the trail, except where the trail is a shared gravel trail. Bicycles may use both sides of the trail but remember that horses have the right-of-way. There is only trail on ONE side of the canal around the aqueducts
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      The Hennepin Canal is shaped like an upside down “T” and offers over 100 miles of scenic towpaths that abut the entire length of the waterway. The “mainline canal” is the base of the upside down T and the “feeder canal” is the stem that flows down from Rock Falls, IL.

      Towpath is located on both sides of the majority of both the mainline canal and the feeder canal. There are two types of paved surfaces along the canal: gravel/aggregate lime or oil & chip. Portions of the trail must be shared by hikers, cyclists, and equestrians where towpath is located on only one side of the canal around the aqueducts. The table below shows the mainline canal’s towpath surface type for those who want to plan what type of surface they run or bike on.

      The opposite side of the paved surface side is a grass trail for equestrian use. The grassy side can also be used by cyclists and hikers, but equestrians have the right-of-way.

      Hennepin Canal State Park
      16006 875 East Street
      Sheffield, IL 61361
      815-454-2328

      Mountain Bike
      East to west the trail is surfaced from Bureau Junction, near the Illinois River, to Colona on the Rock River. A feeder canal to Rock Falls, 29.2 miles long, also is surfaced. Bring your own refreshments as only the Visitor Center has drinking water available. Be sure to yield the right-of-way to horses.
      There are more than 70 miles of biking enjoyment on the Main Canal, 29 miles along the Feeder Canal, and 3 miles along the Milan Section. Equestrians use the grassy side of the trail, except where the trail is a shared gravel trail. Bicycles may use both sides of the trail but remember that horses have the right-of-way. There is only trail on ONE side of the canal around the aqueducts

      Horse
      Horseback riding on the canal is permitted from 15 April - 31 October, unless otherwise posted due to soft ground. Horses
      are restricted to the equestrian trails (grass trails) and only between Lock 2 - Lock 24 on the mainline canal and only south of Bridge 46 (I-8Cool on the feeder canal. The trail is shared with hikers and cyclists around aqueducts where there is only trail on one side of the canal. Please clean up after your horses by pushing droppings off to the side of the trail. Tethering horses to trees, riding in day use areas, & portable electric fences are prohibited. An equestrian campground is located on the south side of Lock 21’s day use area.

      Trail Running
      The first Saturday of October the canal welcomes the Hennepin Hundred, a 100-mile ultramarathon that includes 50-mile & 50k points, and a 100-mile relay. The Hennepin Hundred is hosted by Ornery Mule Racing, who actively works to raise awareness for Illinois trails and contributes to their preservation and repair. Proceeds donated by the Hennepin Hundred each year are used to repair and improve the trail and its features. The race starts at Rock Falls, along the feeder canal, with a turnaround (50-mile finish) at Lock 17. The 100-mile finish line is at Colona. Runners begin in the morning and run through the night, stopping at some of the most interesting and enthusiastic volunteer-run aid stations in the ultramarathon community.
      Whether you participate in the race, donate to support our trails, or just come out to watch and show support, check out the Hennepin Hundred at their website: www.hennepinhundred.com

      Snowmobile
      Snowmobiling on the Hennepin Canal trail is allowed when the trails are declared open by site staff. To check if the trails are open, call the visitor center at 815-454-2328. A pre-recorded message is left during winter hours to indicate daily trail status. Or visit us on Facebook for trail status. The trail is either open or closed; there are NO partial openings/closings. To declare the trail open requires 4 inches of snow on the ground & 6 inches of frost in the ground. When the trail is closed, the entire park is closed to snowmobile use. Our trails are NOT groomed. Riding the ice is at your own risk, as the snowmobile trails are the only DESIGNATED place to ride snowmobiles.

      Nordic Ski
      Ice skating is allowed on canal waters at your own risk. There is a cross-country ski trail in the Main Complex area, which begins at the visitor center parking lot and extends south toward Township Road. This 2.3 mile trail has gentle up and down hills.
      The cross-country ski trail is closed from 31 October-the 2nd weekend in January, when the area is used for archery deer
      hunting

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      Region Status
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      Stats

      Trails (view details)
      69
      Trails Mountain Bike
      69
      Trails E-Bike
      43
      Trails Horse
      42
      Trails Hike
      61
      Trails Trail Running
      62
      Trails Snowmobile
      46
      Trails Snowshoe
      43
      Trails Nordic Ski
      31
      Total Distance
      152 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      34 miles
      Total Descent
      550 ft
      Total Vertical
      216 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      669 ft
      Ridden Counter
      149

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike69152 miles551 ft34 miles217 ft
      #6,06025
      E-Bike4393 miles292 ft21 miles207 ft
      #1,557
      Horse4280 miles272 ft16 miles200 ft
      #1,528
      Hike61122 miles479 ft28 miles217 ft
      #9,332
      Trail Running62123 miles482 ft28 miles217 ft
      #9,1666
      Snowmobile4694 miles289 ft21 miles207 ft
      #287
      Snowshoe43120 miles384 ft27 miles207 ft
      #1,294
      Nordic Ski3132 miles220 ft7 miles200 ft
      #506
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