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Jane Addams Trail




Come on in to downtown Freeport! The City of Freeport is excited to have the Jane Addams Trail complete from Wes Block Trailhead to the Tutty's Crossing Trailhead bringing access to downtown Freeport. This section of the trail offers travelers lodging, restaurants, stores, and specialty shops in historic downtown Freeport (listing available at For complete area information and events, visit the Freeport/ Stephenson County Visitors Bureau website at Be sure to savor a dip of ice cream or a turtle sundae at the Union Dairy, an integral part of Freeport's history since 1914, and spend some time experiencing our local history at the Lincoln Douglas Debate Site.


Tutty's Crossing Trailhead located at 250 E. Stephenson, Freeport, Illinois, is on the banks of the Pecatonica River and offers paved parking, information kiosks, and boat access. Shelter, restroom, and other amenities are under development. In the meantime, local merchants welcome bicyclists to use pretzel-shaped bike racks throughout downtown Freeport. This new section connects Freeport, Illinois to Wisconsin state line where it connects to Badger State Trail, a 40 mile trail to Madison Wisconsin.


The Jane Addams Trail is a journey through with stories. The trail, named after Jane Addams, the humanitarian and public health pioneer born and raised in nearby Cedarville, is part of the Grand Illinois Trail which traverses northern Illinois from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River. Its crushed limestone surface may be used by hikers, bicyclists, snowmobilers, and cross-country skiers.

This multi-use recreational trail offers beautiful scenery highlighted by 17 miles from Tutty's Crossing Trailhead to Wisconsin state line, 22 bridges, including the historic Van Buren Bridge erected in 1885 and a covered bridge outside Orangeville, and traverses northern Illinois through wetlands, creeks, woods, prairies, exposed rock embankments and farmland.



Access to the trail is available at;

  • Tutty's Crossing Trailhead - 250 E. Stephenson Street, Freeport on the banks of the Pecatonica River offers paved parking, boat access, and walking distance to restaurants, lodging facilities, and specialty stores in downtown Freeport.
  • Wes Block Trailhead - 2636 W. Fairview Rd, Freeport - take IL Highway 26 just south of its intersection with U.S. Highway 20 to Riverside Drive, follow Riverside past the Baymont Inn and Suites, then right on Heine Road to the trailhead;
  • Cedarville Road about a quarter mile west of Highway 26;
  • Red Oak off of Beaver Road
  • Buena Vista McConnell Road Parking
  • Richland Creek Trailhead in Orangeville at 101 N. Ewing Street (just east of Highway 26)

The Jane Addams Trail connects at the Wisconsin state line with the Badger Trail which extends to Madison, Wisconsin.


Future plans are to connect Rockford to Freeport to Madison. This will be accomplished by joining the Jane Addams Trail with the Pecatonica Prairie Trail at Tutty's Crossing Trailhead by constructing the trail as far as the Route 20 by-pass running the trail close to the Pecatonica River. As funds permit, sections of the Pecatonica Prairie Trail will be developed between Freeport and Winnebago County. The proposed project designs and constructs the Pecatonica Prairie Trail in Freeport and Stephenson County as part of the Grand Illinois Trail.


Trail development has been funded by Federal Recreational Trails Program grants, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Bike Path grant, Jane Addams Trail Commission including members of City of Freeport, Freeport Park District, Stephenson County, Village of Orangeville, as well as private donations through Northwest Illinois Trails Foundation.


Jane Addams Trail Maps and Information: view link


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Freeport City Hall
314 W. Stephenson St.
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-235-8200 or 815-235-8203