Independence Park

Indy is sometimes referred to as Marquette Heights Trail. The trail is located between La Salle boulevard in Marquette Heights and I-474. Indy consists of 12 miles of pure singletrack for hike & bike use. It has many challenging hills and descents, and plenty of logs and natural obstacles.


Park Hours:  6am – 10pm


Trail map: (click on the map for a larger image)

Independence & Dirksen Trails

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Independence Park on Trailforks
Independence Park at MTB Project

Trail map KML file for mobile apps

Directions to the trail head (from Peoria):

From Peoria, cross the river into East Peoria, and head South on Route 29 (main street). Stay on this road until you reach Marquette Heights, just after you pass under the I-474 bridge. (Alternatively, you can get on I474, and take it to exit 9 at Route 29 South)

From there, you will see the sign for Marquette Heights. Turn left there. You can make an immediate U-Turn and park along the road there, or continue all the way up the hill and park in the lots by the baseball diamonds. The trail is in the trees between the town and I-474.

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