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GIT Trail Blazer

Taking a long journey will definitely earn you some recognition, especially if you complete the Grand IllinoisTrail.

All you really need to do is visit all seventeen designated check points, either in a single, continuous trip or in several separate trips, but within one calendar year. We really like pictures or maybe even a journal about your trip.

Send a copy of your completed journal, along with anything else you feel appropriate to:
Greenways & Trails-Trail Blazer at One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271

Participants certified as completing the Grand Illinois Trail will be featured on the Go Illinois Trails! Facebook page and will receive a certificate.

I’m ready to go, how do I sign up?

Just send an email to and let us know when you plan to start and complete your journey and start planning your trip(s) now! It’s that easy. Now you can download a copy of the user's guide to help you navigate turn by turn.

View the check points and map!

Please email to request more GIT information.