Hennepin Canal State Park

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The Hennepin Canal was built at the beginning of the 20th century as a commercial waterway connecting the Illinois River with the Mississippi. Cheaper railway transport soon made its barge traffic obsolete, and by the 1930s, boaters, hikers and canoeists were the canal's primary users. The Hennepin was the first American canal built of concrete without stone cut facings. Picnicking, hiking, bicycling, fishing, boating, canoeing and camping are all popular activities at this park. Horseback riding and winter sports are also common activities.

Hiking is an excellent activity at this park because the park offers a 155 mile trail along the canal. Tent camping is allowed and appropriate if you plan to hike the entire length.

The park also offers a more challenging trail that is 4.5 miles long.
Trail length: 155 miles
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