Chicago’s South Side River Trail is a testament to the stories of Black Americans who fought for freedom and equality.
Known as the African American Heritage Water Trail, this 7-mile long stretch on the Little Calumet River brings paddlers through the city’s south side. Once used as a trail route by Black Americans fleeing enslavement, today the route is a testament to their courage.
Openlands, a local conservation organization, created the 29-stop trail connecting historic landmarks. Experienced paddlers with their own boats can download a map to follow at their own pace. For those less comfortable on the water, Openlands partners like Chicago Adventure Therapy offer guided tours.
Local Chicagoan and self-described “city girl” Arionne Nettles recently embarked on Chicago’s South Side River Trail .
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