Make Trails Count

Volunteer Opportunity - help make the Kickapoo Rail Trail count! Become a Trail Survey Ninja to help trail users take a short survey about their visits to the Kickapoo Rail Trail and Champaign County.

Download Making Trails Count: Illinois Prairie Path 

Download Making Trails Count in Illinois 

Includes Fox River Trail, Old Plank Road Trail, Hennepin Canal State Trail, Rock Island State Trail, Goshen Trail, and Tunnel Hill State Trail

Making Trails Count survey volunteers on    Rock Island State Trail

Making Trails Count survey volunteers on Rock Island State Trail


In a political and business environment that relies so heavily on numbers for decisions, we want to build metrics-based arguments for connecting trails that will resonate with politicians, business leaders, our neighbors and friends.

So we’ve partnered with Rails to Trails Conservancy, the University of Illinois Office of Recreation and Park Resources, and public agencies like the Illinois Prairie Path Non-Profit Corp. and Illinois Department of Natural Resources to go get the numbers that will make trails count.

To discover the Triple Bottom Line benefits—economic growth, improved health, environmental stewardship—that trails generate, we've developed a two-part approach:

  1. We measure trail use

  2. We survey trail users

We use Trafx electronic trail user counters and volunteer survey teams to find out:

  • How many people enjoy Illinois trails, and how often

  • Where do they come from

  • Where are they going

  • How much time are they spending on the trail

  • How much money are they spending

  • What’s the Triple Bottom Line potential of getting more people on the trail, from further away, more often?

Trails for Illinois can make YOUR trails count! E-mail, text or call executive director Steve Buchtel, or 708-365-9365 for a quote!

Making Trails Count in Illinois was made possible by the generosity of the Tawani Foundation. Making Trails Count in Illinois is proud to use Trafx infrared trail counters for reliable and accurate trail use counts.

Watch the “Numbers” video to see why we need to make trails count in Illinois.

If you donate to Trails for Illinois, you will help us spread the message about the measurable impact of trails on an Illinois Triple Bottom Line. And you will help us measure the impact of MORE Illinois trails. You can help us move Illinois communities toward embracing trail connections.