Joliet Ironworks Trail & Centennial Trail

CYCLE CHICAGO, SIGHTSEEING RIDE, JOLIET IRONWORKS TRAIL & CENTENNIAL TRAIL This isn’t the region’s prettiest ride but it’s worthwhile, especially for history buffs. Starting in Joliet, you’ll bike ride through the ironworks, a ghost town of factories and foundries; proceed along the historic Illinois & Michigan Canal to beautifully restored Lockport; and turn around at Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville. Two museums, handsome buildings and abandoned locks along nationally recognized waterways add up to a lot of attractions for just 17 miles of biking. Bring a lock so you can enjoy the sites and museums on this ride back in time. FOOD AND DRINK Drinking water is available at both ends of the ride and in the middle at Lockport, where you’ll also find a wealth of restaurants, in particular the outdoor café and elegant, renowned Public Landing Restaurant in the historic Gaylord Building. ACCESS Take the Metra Rock Island District Line to Joliet. Bike north about two miles on Scott Street, the first street as you exit the station. The trailhead is well marked at Scott and Columbia streets. The Pace #505 bus stops at Chicago and Ruby, just four blocks west of the trailhead. By car, exit Interstate 55 at Highway 53 and drive south about 10 miles. In Joliet, turn left on Ruby, right on Chicago, left on Irving and right on Scott streets.
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
Fitness Level: Medium
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Estimated Distance (Kms): 27.6
First Aid
Bike hire facilities
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber
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