CARRIER MILLS, Ill. (AP) - A federal grant will allow officials to develop a 26-mile (42-kilometer) off-road vehicle trail system in southern Illinois.
Gov. Bruce Rauner announced the development Wednesday at the Sahara Woods State Fish and Wildlife Area .
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources received a $1.2 million grant from the federal Recreational Trails Program under the Federal Highway Administration.
Rauner says demand is growing for off-highway vehicle recreation and the development will become a destination for riders from across the Midwest.
Natural Resources Director Wayne Rosenthal says there was a coal mine at Sahara Woods. He says the reclaimed strip-mined land will allow the agency to "develop some challenging trails that should attract a lot of interest."
Sahara Woods is about 340 miles (547 kilometers) south of Chicago.
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