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Hennepin Canal State Trail

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Come visit Hennepin Canal State Trail in Hollowayville, IL

Interactive Map of the Hennepin Canal

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.

 

 

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