In 2011, tiny Illinois Trails Conservancy changed its name to Trails for Illinois and hired an executive director, Steve Buchtel.


Illinois has a great network of trails in place, and opportunities to build and connect to more. At stake is only the well-being and happiness of our citizens—which we now know depends upon regular outdoor physical activity.


Trails for Illinois is building a statewide trails community that will integrate trails and trail experiences into Illinois work, play, life.


Our mission: to enhance the quality of life in Illinois by connecting the state’s communities and countryside with an interconnected, multi-use public trail network, and by promoting the use of trails for recreation and transportation.


Our vision: that every Illinoisan can routinely access safe, active, and enjoyable outdoor trail experiences within 10 minutes of where they live. We want to make your doorstep and driveway your trailhead!


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