Menard County Trails & Greenways promotes the development and use of a network of land and water trails that connect people to natural and cultural resources, encourages recreation, and advances the conservation of the county’s unique natural and cultural resources for the benefit of all.

Trails provide recreational opportunities that enhance the quality of life. People of all ages and interests use trail systems for scenic driving, strolling, hiking, running, bicycling, canoeing, kayaking, etc.

Greenways are corridors of land and water that are valuable for their natural qualities and opportunities for human recreational use. Greenways can be high quality natural areas in need of protection to degraded areas that need to be rehabilitated.

Trails and Greenways benefit our health, our environment and our local economy.


Enriched lives through a network of land and water trails that connect people to natural and cultural resources and encourages exploration and conservation.


We began in 1999 as a Menard County committee, tasked with developing a comprehensive plan for trails and greenways in Menard County. The plan was  administered by the Menard County Trails Committee who prepared the plan for the Menard County Board of Commissioners. The Comprehensive Plan for Trails and Greenways in Menard County was finalized and published in 2001. Upon completion of the Plan, the Trails Committee chose to continue to work together to implement the Plan. Therein, Menard County Trails & Greenways formed. 

Menard County Trails & Greenways is supported 100% by tax deductible donations.