Executive Director Steve Buchtel,  Tunnel Hill State Trail

Executive Director Steve Buchtel, Tunnel Hill State Trail


About Us

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 grew out of the rails-to-trails movement of the 1990s to become an advocate, a champion, a rainmaker and a builder of all human-powered trails, whether biking, hiking or running (and even paddling from time to time). We're building a big-tent 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 Illinois community benefits from trails, and every Illinoisan enjoys safe, active, and enjoyable outdoor trail experiences within 10 minutes of where they live. We want to make your doorstep and driveway your trailhead!

We're a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, incorporated in Illinois as Illinois Trails Conservancy DBA Trails for Illinois.

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