The Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail can be traced back 8,000 years where the trail was mainly used for trade, social and religious purposes. Small villages and cities quickly began growing with forts and settlements along the route building so much history as they went. There are several attractions that still exist today along the path and make great stops to learn more about the land and who inhibited it.
The first stop along the KC Trail is Ellis Grove where visitors can see Fort Kaskaskia and the Pierre Menard Home. Fort Kaskaskia was constructed by the French in 1759 to defend the town of Kaskaskia. The fort only contains a three-room barrack and a kitchen because it was never fully completed. Today, guests can get a full understanding of the historic site with the remains of Fort Kaskaskia, Garrison Hill Cemetary, the Mississippi River overlook and picnic area, and a large campground.
No visit to the KC Trail would be complete without a stop in Prairie du Rocher. This small town is home to so many
historic sites and really embraces it's heritage. Stops include a visit to the Creole House, St. Joeseph Church and the largest draw, Fort de Chartres. The fort marks the location of 4 previous constructed forts for the French army during the eighteenth-century colonization of the Illinois Country. Although many parts of the fort have been reconstructed and restored. Visitors can spend the day exploring the grounds and enjoying the recreational facilities also located on the grounds. Visitors flock to the area for several events that are hosted at the fort throughout the year, including:
The last stop on the Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail that you
miss because of the history is the village of Maeystown. The entire village is on the National Register of Historic Places. This small German village is like taking a complete step back in the past with nineteenth-century storefronts, quaint restaurants and lodging, and a picturesque view of what Jacob
stubbled upon in 1852.