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Algonquin Road Trail/Paul Douglas Forest Preserve Trail

10 miles
The Algonquin Road Trail and Paul Douglas Forest Preserve Trail combine to completely encircle the large forest preserve in northwestern Cook County. The paved trail provides access to many of the preserve’s facilities, as well as the communities ...
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Bloomingdale Trail

2.7 miles
The Bloomingdale Trail, part of "The 606" park system, is a proposed 2.7-mile, elevated rail-trail on Chicago's northwest side, similar to New York's famous High Line. The corridor, once belonging to the Canadian Pacific Railway, sits nearly ...
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Burnham Greenway

5.3 miles
The Burnham Greenway is composed of two distinct portions that both run along a former railroad corridor between Chicago and Lansing, Illinois. There are plans to extend and connect these short sections, which will create 11 miles of trail through ...
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Busse Woods Trail

11.2 miles
The Busse Woods Trail system is located within Ned Brown Forest Preserve, a 3,700-acre property in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago. There are 11.2 miles of paved trails for cyclists, equestrians and pedestrians. The main loop is nearly 8 ...
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Cal-Sag Trail

26 miles
From the Friends of the Cal-Sag Trail website: The Cal-Sag Trail will be a multi-use path built almost entirely along the banks of the Cal-Sag Channel and Calumet River. Along 26 miles of waterway from Lemont in the west to Burnham in the ...
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Calumet Trail

9.1 miles
The Calumet Trail traverses the south side of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, a unique ecosystem of forest, marsh, dunes and beach along Lake Michigan. This dirt and crushed limestone path stretches between two interesting natural features: ...
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Centennial Trail (IL)

13 miles
Note: The Centennial Trail will be closed from Willow Springs Road to State Route 83 from May 15, 2013 until early 2016. As an alternate, trail users can use the parallel John Husar I&M Canal Trail, which connects to the Centennial Trail at ...
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Chesapeake and Ohio Greenway

1.9 miles
The Chesapeake and Ohio Greenway (also referred to as the C&O Trail) offers a short, paved route through Merrillville, a town just a few miles south of Gary and the southern tip of Lake Michigan. The trail is on a diagonal; its northwest end ...
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Chicago Lakefront Trail

18.5 miles
Located east of Lakeshore Drive, the Chicago Lakefront Trail is an 18.5-mile linear park along Lake Michigan that includes beaches, volleyball courts, playgrounds, baseball diamonds, tennis courts and soccer fields. The trail unites a variety ...
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Danada and Herrick Lake Regional Trail

5.8 miles
This regional trail connects two of DuPage County's forest preserves—Herrick Lake and Danada—on a crushed stone pathway nearly 6 miles long. Together, the preserves cover more than 1,600 acres of scenic terrain, including woodlands, prairie, ...
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Des Plaines River Trail

56.3 miles
The Des Plaines River Trail and Greenway traverses north–south along the route of its namesake river along its course through both Lake and Cook counties. The corridor protects 85% of the riverine habitat in the county. The 56+-mile trail connects ...
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East Northbrook Trail

1.1 miles
The East Northbrook Trail is a 1-mile route through a wooded corridor adjacent to an out-of-service rail corridor in the Village of Northbrook. The trail provides access to residential neighborhoods, office parks and other amenities branching ...
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El Paseo

0.1 miles
El Paseo runs through the vibrant Chicago neighborhood of Pilsen, once home to a large Czech population but now the center of the Lower West Side’s Latino community. The neighborhood is filled with various efforts celebrating the area’s rich ...
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Erie Lackawanna Trail

17.7 miles
The Erie Lackawanna (EL) Trail represents the longest contiguous trail in Northwest Indiana, running 17-miles from Crown Point north to Hammond. This trail passes through wetlands and open space on an unusually wide, paved corridor. The EL is ...
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Fermilab Trail

5.8 miles
The Fermilab Trail garners its name by running though the campus of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), the former home of the Tevatron particle accelerator. The 3.9-mile particle accelerator, which was in use from 1983-2011, ...
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Great Western Trail (DuPage County)

12 miles
The eastern segment of the Great Western Trail in Illinois follows 12 miles of an abandoned railway corridor through DuPage County, between Villa Park and West Chicago. There are plans to extend the eastern segment of the Great Western Trail ...
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Green Bay Trail

8.9 miles
The 9-mile Green Bay Trail runs parallel to Chicago's Metra commuter rail line north of the Chicago city limits. Stretching through North Shore towns such as Kenilworth, Winnetka, Highland Park and Lake Bluff, the corridor is flanked by restaurants, ...
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Humphrey Bike Trail

2.9 miles
The Humphrey Bike Trail is a paved route through the Chicago suburb of Orland Park. The trail provides access to a number of the village’s amenities, including the Orland Park Civic Center, High Point School, and Orland Jr. High, as well as ...
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Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail

77.4 miles
The Illinois & Michigan Canal provided the final link in the water route from the east coast to the Gulf of Mexico by connecting Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River via the Illinois River. Today, the Illinois & Michigan (I&M) Canal State ...
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Illinois Prairie Path

61 miles
The Illinois Prairie Path (IPP) is one of the country's first rail-trail conversions. It consists of five connected trail segments with three main branches that converge at Volunteer Park in Wheaton. The 61-mile trail follows the historic path ...
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Iron Horse Heritage Trail

5 miles
The Iron Horse Heritage Trail in Portage, Indiana, runs for 5 miles between Max Mochal Road (SR 149) at the east end and County Line Road near US 20 at the west end. The trail passes through a greenway corridor among suburban back yards, though ...
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John Husar I&M Canal Trail

8.9 miles
The John Husar I&M Canal Trail is the northernmost trail developed on the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor. The Illinois & Michigan Canal provided the final link in the water route from the east coast to the Gulf of Mexico ...
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Joliet Junction Trail

4.36 miles
The Joliet Junction Trail is a paved path that travels north–south through the west side of Joliet. The trail occupies an abandoned Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway corridor that runs primarily through city neighborhoods, making it convenient ...
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Kankakee River Trail

10.6 miles
The Kankakee River Trail is fairly wooded and runs primarily through Kankakee River State Park. Walkers, bicyclists, and cross-country skiers can enjoy more than ten miles of trail along the north bank of the river between Bourbonnais and Wilmington ...
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Lake George Trail

3.1 miles
As the name suggests, the Lake George trail travels along the north shore of Lake George, turning north at Calumet Ave/US 41 to skirt the east shore of Wolf Lake. From Lake George the trail also heads east and north toward Whiting Park on Lake ...
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Major Taylor Trail

7.2 miles
Named after legendary African American cyclist Marshall “Major” Taylor, who in 1899 set the world record for the 1-mile sprint and spent his last years in nearby Bronzeville, the Major Taylor Trail stretches approximately seven miles across ...
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Marquette Trail

2.1 miles
The Marquette Trail offers picturesque views of Lake Michigan as it travels through the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. This scenic route follows an abandoned rail line through a variety of diverse habitats, including hardwood forests, wetlands ...
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Monon Trail (Lake County)

4.4 miles
The Monon Trail in Lake County, Indiana—not to be confused with the trail of the same name in Indianapolis—links the two Chicago suburbs of Hammond and Munster. The paved trail occupies an abandoned CSX rail corridor originally built and used ...
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North Branch Riverwalk

0.6 miles
The North Branch Riverwalk is a 0.6 mile biking and walking trail located on Chicago's northside along the North Branch of the Chicago River, nestled between Gordon Tech High School and Lane Tech High School. There's potential for expansion ...
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North Branch Trail

20 miles
The beautiful North Branch Trail is named for the North Branch of the Chicago River, along which it winds. At its northern end, the trail begins at the south end of the Chicago Botanic Garden and continues south to circle the Skokie Lagoons ...
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North Judson Erie Trail

9 miles
The North Judson Erie Trail occupies the railbanked right-of-way of the former JK Line Railroad, running 9 miles from downtown North Judson southeast to US 35 near Bass Lake. Eventually, the trail will extend another 7 miles to Monterey where ...
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North Shore Channel Trail

6.7 miles
The North Shore Channel Trail extends from the junction of Green Bay Road and McCormick Boulevard in northern Evanston to the junction of Lawrence Avenue and Francisco Avenue in Chicago. All but the last 0.25 mile runs alongside the North Shore ...
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Oak Savannah Trail

8.3 miles
The Oak Savannah Trail takes its name from the unique ecosystem that it runs through. Once pervasive throughout northern Indiana, the oak savannah is a transitional zone between forest and prairie, with grassland marked by a smattering of oak ...
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Old Plank Road Trail

22 miles
The 22-mile Old Plank Road Trail travels over the original Michigan Central Rail Road (MCRR) line, a railroad started about 1850 that ran from Lake Station in East Gary to Joliet. The rail was nicknamed the “Joliet Cut-Off” because it enabled ...
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Palatine Trail

16.1 miles
The Palatine Trail is a sinuous system of trails that run between Deer Grove Forest Preserve and Paul Douglas Forest Preserve in the city of Palatine. The trail links neighborhoods, parks and golf courses, as well as the campus of Harper College ...
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Pennsy Greenway

7.9 miles
The Pennsy Greenway is currently open in three segments between Calumet City, Illinois, and Schererville, Indiana. The northern portion begins at the southern end of the Burnham Greenway in Calumet City on the eastern edge of the Forest Preserve ...
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Phyllis Harmon Path

0.75 miles
Although the Phyllis Harmon Path runs less than a mile, it's an important connector in an east-west bike/ped route between Arlington Heights and Glencoe. Following Dundee Road, the paved trail goes from the Des Plaines River to the Tri-State ...
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Prairie-Duneland Trail

10.3 miles
As its name implies, the beautiful Prairie–Duneland Trail offers snapshots of the flora and fauna—from hardwood forest to remnant prairie grasslands—that once dominated this region. In spite of the rapid development of the south Chicago suburbs ...
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Prospect Heights Bike Path

4.2 miles
Prospect Heights Bike Path runs between Woodland Trails Park and Country Garden Park, paralleling the commuter rail tracks on its north–south leg. The trail provides a nice off-road route through the Chicago suburb of the same name, linking ...
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Robert McClory Bike Path

26.5 miles
The Robert McClory Bike Path is notorious for its conglomeration of names over the years. At any given time—and depending on whom you ask—it has been called the Green Bay Trail and the North Shore Bike Path, although those names now refer to ...
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Rock Run Greenway Trail

10.4 miles
The Rock Run Greenway Trail courses for nearly 10.5 miles between Theodore Marsh in Crest Hill and the Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail near the Des Plaines River. At various places along the trail you'll find picnicking and playgrounds, ...
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Salt Creek Trail (IL)

26.7 miles
The Salt Creek Trail travels nearly 27 miles from the Brookfield Zoo to Busse Woods Forest Preserve. Along the way it connects several beautiful county forest preserves and other woodland areas. Portions of the trail are paved, while others ...
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Skokie Valley Trail (Cook County)

1.1 miles
The Skokie Valley Trail in Cook County parallels active train tracks in the Village of Skokie, providing easy access to both the Oakton–Skokie and Dempster–Skokie stations on the CTA’s Yellow Line. The trail itself occupies an abandoned Union ...
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Skokie Valley Trail (Lake County)

9.8 miles
An excellent example of land use in greater Chicago, the entire Skokie Valley Trail corridor is a rail-with-trail, paralleled by double tracks that sit about 40 feet to the west of the trail surface. The well-maintained asphalt path offers a ...
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Skokie Valley Trail Extension (north)

6.8 miles
From Skokie Valley Trail Feasibility Study: The proposed trail spans 6.8 miles through the Skokie Valley in Cook County, Illinois, extending south from Lake Cook Road in Northbrook to Old Orchard Road just south of Glenview. The corridor ...

Thorn Creek Trail

12.8 miles
Thorn Creek Trail is currently open in three disconnected segments. All three are paved and travel through woodlands abundant with wildlife. The northern section stretches 4.6 miles through the Wampum Lake Woods Forest Preserve in Glenwood. ...
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Tinley Creek Trail (North)

18.8 miles
The Tinley Creek Trail is currently in two segments. This northern segment stretches from Palos Heights to Oak Forest and largely falls with several Cook County Forest Preserve areas, including Rubio Woods, Burr Oak Woods, Turtlehead Lake, Bachelor ...
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Tinley Creek Trail (South)

3.6 miles
The Tinley Creek Trail is currently in two segments. This southern segment is within the South Green Belt Forest Preserve between Flossmor and Matteson, just west of I-57. The trail traverses wooded areas and open green space interspersed with ...
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Valley Line Trail

1.1 miles
Just 1 mile long, the Valley Line Trail—also known as the Sauganash Trail—extends between Bryn Mawr Avenue and Devon Avenue in the Chicago neighborhood of Sauganash. Two bridges allow for safe crossings of busy roads. The trail, which occupies ...
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Veterans Memorial Trail (IN)

9 miles
From Veterans Memorial Trail : In 1999, the Indiana Department of Transportation awarded the Lake County Parks and Recreation Department a grant of $1.4 million towards the construction of the Veterans Memorial Trail, and multi-use, non-motorized ...
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Virgil Gilman Trail

11.5 miles
The Virgil Gilman Trail travels through forest and prairie, from a quiet, rural community college campus all the way into suburban Chicago. The trail's namesake, Virgil Gilman,was director of the Fox Valley Park District for 30 years and successfully ...
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Waterfall Glen

9.5 miles
The trail system in Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve makes a loop around the entire park. The preserve is geologically significant, featuring glacier-carved rock ridges, ravines and wetland potholes, which are not found anywhere else in the county. ...
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Wauponsee Glacial Trail

22.3 miles
Traveling along the Wauponsee Glacial Trail, you'll be surprised just how quickly you can move from an urban environment into the rolling fields of the Midwest. Starting in Joliet, within shouting distance of Interstate 80 overhead ramps, you ...
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