Trail Use

Trail Etiquette & Safety

  • Permitted users: hikers, bicyclists, cross country skiers, and motorized wheelchairs operated by people with disabilities. The trail is open year-round.
  • Not Permitted: horses, snowmobiles*, ATVs, motorcycles, or any other motorized vehicles, hunting.
  • *Snowmobiles are allowed only to cross US 20 at the Sherman Underpass located approx. Three miles East of the village of Pecatonica by Hoisington Rd.
  • All pets must be on a leash. Please clean up after your pet.
  • For Maintenance & Safety issues, call the Freeport / Stephenson County Visitor Center at (815) 233-1357.

Trail Highlights

  • 10 foot wide, level grade, with the crushed limestone surface.
  • 10-foot asphalt surface in the villages of Pecatonica and Winnebago, Sumner Park, and at the Sherman Underpass.
  • 32 bridge structures of various types.
  • Wetlands, remnant prairies, and scenic meadows.

Restroom Facilities

  • Sumner Park on the west limits of Pecatonica Village
  • Sumner Park East – planned to be in place by 2014

Parking and Access

  • Sumner Park in the village of Pecatonica
  • Local Streets and Roads. Must abide by local parking laws

To report maintenance or safety problems

Please contact us at
or call the Convention & Visitors Bureau at (815) 233-1357.

*In an emergency call 911.