Hopalong Cassidy River Trail and Canoe Launch

photo_hopalongHopalong Cassidy Trail and Vermilion River Greenway

Visitors can follow this trail through an urban forest of mulberry, hackberry, oak and maple. Fish, hike, or canoe from this state funded canoe launch area on the Vermilion River.
500 block of West Main Street (Rt. 18)
Streator, IL 61364

Another of Streator’s favorite sons, Clarence Mulford (author of more than two dozen Hopalong Cassidy novels) was born in Streator in 1883. His family’s home still stands along the banks of the Vermilion River on West Bridge Street, next to the trail that bears his name. The Hop-a-Long Cassidy trail and canoe launch are part of the larger Vermilion River Greenway that preserves open spaces along the Vermilion River, and which contributed to Mulford’s boyhood experiences, some of which found their way into his written works.


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