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Calumet-Sag Trail

Calumet-Sag Trail

Federal, state and local intergovernmental collaboration and community support crystallized for the 26-mile Calumet-Sag Trail during the Burnham Plan Centennial. The trail runs through 14 communities in Chicago’s south and southwest suburbs following the Cal-Sag Channel, a major shipping route connecting the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal with Calumet Harbor and Lake Michigan.

The completed Calumet-Sag Trail will link a number of local trails, as well major regional and national trails. From the Burnham Greenway and the Chicago Lakefront Trail on the east to the Centennial and I&M Canal Trails on the west, this trail will ultimately serve as the connector between two major federal projects—the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Providing new recreation potential unequaled in the southland, this trail will also create an east-west alternative transportation route for more than 200,000 residents to train stations along six suburban commuter rail lines. Trail engineering and master planning are moving ahead at a fast pace. Public and private fund-raising are underway for construction and implementation of the master plan. The trail is being sponsored by many agencies and organizations that form the Calumet-Sag Trail Coalition, with additional public support from the Friends of the Calumet-Sag Trail and the National Park Service.

For a print-friendly fact sheet on the Calumet-Sag Trail, click here.

Program Partners

Calumet-Sag Trail Coalition

The Calumet Sag Trail Coalition is comprised of local governments along the Cal-Sag Channel and Little Calumet River as well as other partners from local not-for-profits and County, State and Federal offices. Members include the Forest Preserve District of Cook ...[MORE]

Friends of the Calumet-Sag Trail

The Friends of the Calumet-Sag Trail is a membership-supported organization of volunteers, trail users, trail advocates, community representatives, business people, bicyclists, walkers and naturalists who want the Calumet-Sag Trail built and are having fun making that happen. We meet monthly ...[MORE]

U.S. National Park Service

The National Park Service, a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior, has been entrusted with the care of the national parks since 1916 and helps Americans take care of their communities. With the help of volunteers and park ...

Calumet-Sag Trail Coalition

Contact: Diane Banta,, 312.863.6287

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