The Old Plank Road Trail is a 20+ mile asphalt paved trail that runs east from Joliet to Park Forest. The paved hiking and cycling trail was created from a former Michigan Central Railroad property. Will County Parks and Recreation is presently extending the Old Plank Road Trail (OPRT) another four miles from New Lenox into Joliet where connections can be made with the Illinois and Michigan Canal Trail (I&M). The OPRT opened in the Summer of 1997 to immediate success. It connects the south suburban communities of Chicago Heights, Park Forest, Matteson and Frankfort. Nearby residential developments are marketing the trail as a selling point to prospective home buyers.