Grant to fund development of Illinois off-road vehicle trail

A federal grant will allow officials to develop a 26-mile (42-kilometer) off-road vehicle trail system in southern Illinois.

Posted: Nov. 16, 2017 7:52 AM

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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