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Grand Illinois Trail

Hennepin Canal, Atkinson, IL 61235


The Grand Illinois Trail offers much for bikers. It contains flat and easy-to-ride portions through green farmlands and pastoral vistas. It gives touring cyclists special glimpses into much of the essence of Illinois.

The Grand Illinois Trail (GIT) is a 535-mile loop trail in northern Illinois. It goes from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi along the northern border of Illinois and then loops back across the state along the Illinois River and the Hennepin Canal. 200 miles of the route is on paved township and county roads while the rest is on limestone trails or paths. Hennepin Canal Communities - Annawan, Atkinson, Geneseo and Colona.

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