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Trail Use


Pecatonica Prairie Path from South Meridian Road to Weldon Road will be closed for utility work.  The work was started in March-2017 and will continue this year. It is anticipated to be completed by the end of May-2018.  Traffic control will be provided.  However, no detour will be provided and path users should use caution and be prepared to stop/turn around. 

Trail Etiquette & Safety

  • Permitted users: hikers, bicyclists, cross country skiers, motorized wheelchairs operated by people with disabilities. The trail is open year-around.
  • Not Permitted: horses, snowmobiles*, ATV’s, motorcycles or any other motorized vehicles, hunting.
  • *Snowmobiles are allowed only to cross US 20 at the Sherman Underpass located approx. 3 miles East of the village of Pecatonica by Hoisington Rd.
  • All pets must be in a leash. Please clean up after your pet.
  • For Maintenance & Safety issues call the Convention & Visitors Bureau at (815) 233-1357.

Trail Highlights

  • 10 foot wide, level grade, with crushed limestone surface.
  • 10 foot asphalt surface in the villages of Pecatonica and Winnebago, Sumner Park and at the Sherman Underpass.
  • 32 bridge structures of various types.
  • Wetlands, remnant prairies and scenic meadows.

Restroom Facilities

  • Sumner Park on the west limits of Pecatonica Village
  • Sumner Park East – planned to be in place by 2014

Parking and Access

  • Sumner Park in the village of Pecatonica
  • Local Streets and Roads. Must abide by local parking laws 

To report maintenance or safety problems:

Please contact us at
OR call the Convention & Visitors Bureau at (815) 233-1357.

In an emergency call 911.