The 135-acre Old Plank Road Trail was acquired between 1992 and 2006.
Prior to the District’s acquisition of the land, it was an abandoned railroad. Prior to the railroad’s construction, the corridor had originally been secured to build a wagon and horse road using wood planks, but the road was never built.
Trail Location and Access
The Old Plank Road Trail travels 21 miles from Joliet east through New Lenox, Frankfort, Matteson, and Park Forest.
Hickory Creek Bikeway: A street route in New Lenox and a trail connection in Mokena connect the Old Plank Road Trail to the 3.68-mile, linear paved western segment of the Hickory Creek Bikeway. Street routes in Mokena connect the Old Plank Road Trail to the 2.9-mile, linear paved eastern segment of the Hickory Creek Bikeway.
Thorn Creek Trail: Street routes in Park Forest and Chicago Heights connect the east end of the Old Plank Road Trail to the Forest Preserve District of Cook County’s Thorn Creek Trail.