Attractions along the KC Trail
Find the historical, cultural and natural attractions on this southwestern Illinois route. Plan a fun-filled day or weekend soon. Simply follow the route signs! Let us know what you think: KCTrailIllinois@gmail.com or find us on Facebook!

 

Along the KCT path there is amazing nature and abundent attractions ... enough for a weekend and even a week. Whether  you begin your journey at the trailheads of Kaskaskia or Cahokia ... perhaps somewhere between ... a unique experience awaits you. After your sojourn, you will know that this place is like no other. Among the many attractions In Monroe County, you can gaze at one of the most beautiful views in America from the Miles Cemetery scenic overlook. There is Whiteside Station, the Lemen and Bond Family sites, Salt Lick Point and Trail, White Rock Nature Preserve, The Mill Museum in Maeystown, the Fults Hill Prairie Nature Preserve, Kidd Lake Marsh, Peterstown House, the James Moore Cabin, the KCT Stone Arch Bridge and the Bellafontaine Home in Waterloo. See Columbia's Historic District, Shoemaker School, the Stone Arch Bridge and the Monroe County Welcome Center.

 

In Randolph County, visit Kaskaskia Island, The Liberty Bell of the West at the Kaskaskia Bell State Historic Memorial, the Church of the Immaculate Conception, La Grande Rue, site of the original village, are all there. At Chester, there is the Welcome Center, Governor Shadrach Bond Gravesite State Memorial, Randolph County Courthouse, History and Archives Museum. Visit the Fort Kaskaskia/Pierre Menard Home State Historic Sites near Ellis Grove. See the Jerry F. Costello Lock and Dam, Visitor Center, Kaskaskia River Recreation Area, and the Confluence Trail Heritage Area, the Mississippi Ferry and more near Modoc. While you are there, stop at the Modoc Rock Shelter on Bluff Road. Travel on to Prairie du Rocher, and see the Village Hall, Creole House, St. Joseph Church, the Pierre Laclede marker, and Fort de Chartres State Historic Site.

 

In St. Clair County, visit Holy Family Catholic Church, Jean-Baptiste Hamelin Home Site, the Jarrot Mansion State Historic Site, and the Cahokia Courthouse State Historic Site all in Cahokia. Also see Boismenue House State Historic Site in East Carondelet.

 

These are just a sampling of the attractions that await you along the Kaskaskia Cahokia Trail's tri-county route ... the area where Illinois began.

 

 

 

 

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