Erie-Lackawanna Trail, Summit St. Trailhead
The Erie Lackawanna Trail connects Crown Point and Hammond, two former rail junctions whose early fortunes were tied to the tracks carrying people and goods to and from Chicago.
About Erie-Lackawanna Trail, Summit St. Trailhead
The paved path follows a railroad corridor that had been in use since the late 1800s. Conrail was the last owner, ending the line in 1986, 10 years after acquiring it from the Erie Lackawanna Railway. The oldest parts of the trail date to the 1990s in Hammond, which was first to jump aboard the idea of a rail-trail on this corridor. Despite traveling through the densely populated Chicago metropolitan area, the trail is bordered by green space and traverses wetlands and parks along the way.