The 5 mile trail begins on the east side of Springfield at a trail head located in the Illinois Department of Transportation's parking lot (follow the signs). It winds around the IDOT lake and under Interstate 55, and continues east on the abandoned railroad bed to the community of Rochester
The trail is very well used by walkers, runners, bicyclers, etc. accessing the trail from both Springfield and Rochester ends. The corridor is mostly shaded and very scenic, crossing several creeks and bordering the lake at IDOT. The proximity of busy interstate 55 and Route 29 do not deter from the recreational quality of the trail.