Where is the Illinois River Road?
Traversing both east and west sides of the Illinois River from Ottawa, 150 miles south to Havana, the Illinois River Road has spurs to the communities of Princeton and Canton. The Illinois River Road corridor has over 100 natural and historic sites and numerous unique communities located throughout its 10-county region.

The Scenic Byway is conveniently located between Chicago and St. Louis, but just far enough to get away from it all. So get off the beaten path and see what the Illinois River Road has in store for you!


Arts Festival in Canton

Illinois Scenic Byways

Starved Rock Lodge


Hopalong Cassidy River Trail
West Main Street, Streator, IL 61364

Listing Photo This 0.5-mile trail parallels the swift-flowing, translucent green waters of the Vermilion River in the town of Streator, which is home to Clyde Tombaugh, the only U.S. citizen to be credited with discovering a (former) planet (Pluto) and Clarence Mulford, author of the famous Hopalong Cassidy western series, after which the trail takes its name. Visitors can follow this trail through an urban forest of mulberry, hackberry, oak, and maple. The trail ends at a public canoe launch.

The park itself may not be a birding hotspot, though robins, bluejays, chickadees, and the occasional Belted Kingfisher may be seen in this streamside urban forest in the town of Streator, Illinois, (also check out the cemeterys trees on the western border). Blue Jays, chickadees, and woodpeckers flit in and out of the riparian trees as butterflies and dragonflies frolic along the trail's sunnier stretches. This park has a canoe launch that is the best put-in for folks interested in birding by canoe in the swift-flowing, translucent green waters of the Vermilion River which hosts a wide array of riparian birds. Great Blue Herons, Wood Ducks, Indigo Buntings, and Pileated Woodpeckers all call this riverbank home. An easy float trip will carry you through the north end of Streator, through wetlands, farm fields, forested bluffs and eventually to Sandy Ford Natural Area, a good place to park a car and pull out your canoe

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GPS: 41.11881, -88.84030
Site Access: free
Phone: (815) 672-2055

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