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Stone Bridge Trail

  • Along Stone Bridge and Roland Olson Forest Preserves
  • Roscoe, IL 61073
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Built on a former rail bed dating back to the 1850s, the Stone Bridge Trail provides a crushed limestone pathway through rural countryside. A highlight of the trail is passage on Stone Bridge over the scenic South Kinnikinnick Creek. Built in 1882, the double-arch bridge is included on the National Register of Historic Places.

The trail passes both the Stone Bridge and Roland Olson Forest Preserves. The latter is more developed, offering athletic fields, picnic tables and restrooms. On its eastern end, the Stone Bridge Trail connects to the paved Long Prairie Trail, continuing the journey through gently rolling hills, wooded areas and farmland.

Parking and Trail Access

To begin at the west end of the trail, exit I-90 at Rockton Road and go west about 1 mile to the trail entrance on the south side of Rockton Road just before the State Route 251 overpass. Parking is available for about 15 cars.

To begin at the east end of the trail, exit I-90 at SR 173 and turn right (east) on 173. Travel about half a mile to the light at Belvidere Road, then turn left. Proceed 0.75 mile to Atwood Road. Turn right and go about 0.25 mile to the Roland Olson Forest Preserve entrance. At the park entrance, parking is available for 10 cars.