Trail User Counts
In early 2017, Blackhawk Hills Regional Council (BHRC), with the support of the Illinois Department of Transportation, began to study trail use in Northwest Illinois. Trails included:

  • Galena River Trail (Jo Daviess County)
  • Great River Trail (Carroll, and Whiteside counties)
  • Hennepin Feeder Canal Trail (Whiteside County)
  • Jane Addams Trail (Stephenson County)
  • Joe Stengel Trail (Lee and Ogle counties)
  • Lowell Parkway Trail (Lee County)
  • Sterling Multi-Activity Recreational Trail (Whiteside County)
CounterTrailEvents
RiplingerGaRT5,995
TunnelGaRT17,106
MuchowGaRT27,342
MeekerGaRT23,231
SavannaGrRT11,454
Martens84GrRT6,314
SandprairieGrRT13,201
IL40HFCT7,481
TampicoHFCT1,893
LazytHFCT454
WiscoJAT1,738
OrangeJAT3,034
BlockJAT4,449
Tutty'sJAT10,128
SterlingJST365
SgateLPT18,886
MeadowsLPT3,791
DillonSMART24,394
SinniSMART17,847

Events for 1 calendar year, with starts dates as early as 4/28/2018. Events = 10% Trimmed Hourly Mean x24 x365.

Greenways & Trails Planning
Each county in Northwest Illinois maintains plans for the development and advancement of land and water trails. To download these plans for viewing, visit www.blackhawkhills.com/plans.

Future Oportunities
This website, over time, will be updated to include water trails and the hiking trails of the state park system.