Tri-County Catfish Trail is here for Lent

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Adams County Catfish Trail stops.

The Appalachian Trail covers 14 states and 2185 miles. Quincy has the Bill Klingner Trail on the north side of town that stretches from Bonansinga Drive to 24th Street.

But the Quincy Area Convention & Visitors Bureau has introduced a new trail, just in time for Lent … The Tri-County Catfish Trail. Covering three counties — Adams, Pike, and Hancock — the trail features more than 40 stops.

Holly Cain, Executive Director of the QCVB, developed the idea with the help from her friends at the Pike County Chamber of Commerce and their successful Tenderloin Trail.  

Pike County Catfish Trail stops.

Cain is excited about the diversity the trail offers.

“You have all types of places … a few chain restaurants … then the local bars … it’s a well-rounded trail,” she said.

And to provide some incentive, QCVB is holding a contest. Visit any nine restaurants on The Trail and you will be eligible for a prize drawing.  According to Cain, there will be “great swag at the end … and we know the stuff will be a hot commodity.”

Cain said The Catfish Trail isn’t just for tourists.

“We don’t always market and advertise to our local audience,” she said. “But this is something I really think our locals will enjoy.”

Cain feels this tour fits in well with the organization’s flavor tours returning in June. These tours provide a three-hour experience hitting some Quincy restaurants for a variety of seasonal dishes and unique beverages.

But first, its Lenten Fish Season. Although Cain hopes the Tri-County Catfish Trail isn’t just a seasonal event.

“This could go on all year,” she said.

For more information and participating restaurants head to or call the Quincy Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at 217-214-3700.   

Hancock County Catfish Trail stops.

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