Rockford, Illinois (IL) Trails & Maps

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  • Algonquin Road Trail/Paul Douglas Forest Preserve Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 10 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • Badger State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WI
    Length: 40 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The Badger State Trail runs from the Illinois border to the southern neighborhoods of Madison. The first 34 miles from Illinois to Purcell Road near Fitchburg have a crushed limestone surface, while the remaining 6 miles into Madison are paved. ...
  • Bauer Memorial Path

    State: IL
    Length: 1.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Bauer Memorial Path provides a short route through residential and commercial areas of Machesney Park, a northern suburb of Rockford. The trail begins at the Harlem Community Center and travels in a straight line west along Roosevelt Road ...
  • Baumann Park Recreation Path

    State: IL
    Length: 1.25 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Baumann Park is adjacent to the Kishwaukee River in Cherry Valley, a community on the outskirts of Rockford in northern Illinois. A paved pathway runs through the park and loops around Baumann Park Lake. The park offers a playground, baseball ...
  • Bloomingdale Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 2.7 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    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 ...
  • Cal-Sag Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 26 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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, open by 2014. Along 26 miles of waterway from Lemont in the west to ...
  • Chain O' Lakes Bike Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 3.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Chain O' Lakes Bike Path is a paved trail that runs between E. Grand Avenue in Fox Lake and Grant Woods Forest Preserve to the east. The trail parallels the railroad track and Rollins Road/CR 31, passing by the Ingleside Metra station before ...
  • Charles Street Community Path

    State: IL
    Length: 2.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Charles Street Community Path offers a neighborhood route through southeastern Rockford, connecting residents to CherryVale Mall on its eastern end. On its western end, Alpine Park is just north of the trail's terminus, offering recreational ...
  • Cheese Country Recreation Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WI
    Length: 47 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    If you're looking for an invigorating motorized trail experience, the Cheese Country Trail (a.k.a. the Tri-County Trail) will not disappoint. The 47-mile trail meanders through the heart of southwest Wisconsin's Driftless Area, a massive tract ...
  • DeKalb Nature Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 1.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The DeKalb Nature Trail provides a pleasant, tree-lined route in northern DeKalb. Its eastern end connects with the Kishwaukee-Kiwanis Trail that heads southwest along the Kishwaukee River and the DeKalb-Sycamore Trail that connects many neighborhoods ...
  • DeKalb-Sycamore Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 6.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The DeKalb-Sycamore Trail—also known as the Peace Road Trail—parallels the eastern side of Peace Road from DeKalb to Sycamore in northern Illinois. Along the way, you'll pass a mixture of residential neighborhoods, businesses and open fields. A ...
  • Dorr Road Bike Path

    State: IL
    Length: 2.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Dorr Road Bike Path begins at South Beloit Municipal Park and parallels the roadway for its entire length. The views are primarily residential. After about three-quarters of a mile (from the northern endpoint), a short spur along Prairie ...
  • Four Sisters Bike Path

    State: IL
    Length: 4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Four Sisters Bike Path currently forms a horseshoe around the northern end of Rochelle, a city south of Rockford in northern Illinois. Future plans call for completing the loop, which would provide trail access to most of the town. The paved ...
  • Fox River Trail (IL)

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 43.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

    The Fox River Trail features 43 miles of spectacular biking, hiking and cross-country skiing along the scenic Fox River. The paved path can be challenging at times, but the extra pedal pushing is rewarded with some impressive scenery along the ...
  • Galena River Trail Extension

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface:

    The Galena River Trail will extend from the current terminus South along the rail corridor to River Road. This will ad about 2.5 miles to the current trail, the town of Galens hopes to be in construction in 2012.
  • Glacial River Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WI
    Length: 8.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    Before hopping on the Glacial River Trail to see the sights, consider beginning your journey at the Hoard Historical Museum in Fort Atkinson. The museum is named after the Hoard family behind the nationally distributed dairy farm magazine "Hoard's ...
  • Grant Woods Bike Path

    State: IL
    Length: 5.9 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    About an hour northwest of Chicago, the beautiful Grant Woods Forest Preserve spans more than 1,000 acres, offering an outdoor respite of prairie, woodlands and marshes. The crushed limestone pathway runs north-south through the park, providing ...
  • Great Western Trail (IL)

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 17 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The western segment of the Great Western Trail in Illinois follows 17 miles of an abandoned railway corridor through DeKalb and Kane counties, between LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve and the town of Sycamore. The Chicago Great Western Railway (later ...
  • H.U.M. Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 3.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The H.U.M. Trail (a.k.a. the Huntley–Union–Marengo Trail) runs for 3.5 miles, arrow-straight, next to the old railroad tracks between Morengo and Union. This pleasant corridor passes among cultivated fields between to the two towns, with occasional ...
  • Harlem Township Bike Path

    State: IL
    Length: 1.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Harlem Township Bike Path lies not far from the Rock River in western Machesney Park in the Rockford metropolitan area. The trail consists of a lower (southwest) and an upper (northeast) loop in the community's Schoonmaker Park, as well ...
  • Hebron Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 5.2 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Gravel

    Open to runners, walkers, bikers and equestrians, the rustic and rural Hebron Trail provides the perfect nature escape. The trail does include a very small section of road that crosses an active rail line, but it is a lightly used county road. ...
  • Hennepin Canal Parkway

    State: IL
    Length: 104.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The Hennepin Canal Parkway, administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources as a state park, follows an old towpath along a canal opened in 1907 and quickly abandoned due to competition from railroads. The canal was originally built ...
  • Hononegah Recreation Path

    State: IL
    Length: 3.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Hononegah Recreation Path begins near the State Route 2 bridge over the Rock River in Rockton, a small town about 4 miles south of the Illinois–Wisconsin border. The paved trail follows Hononegah Road (County Highway 8) southeast for 3 miles, ...
  • Illinois Prairie Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 61 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

    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 ...
  • Jane Addams Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 14.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    Stretching north from Freeport, Illinois, to the Wisconsin state line, the Jane Addams Trail is a natural wonder. Expect to see birds and wild animals-from exotic aerial hunters, such as owls and hawks, to run-of-the-mill squirrels and deer. ...
  • Joe Stengel Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 7.9 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Grass, Gravel

    The Joe Stengel Trail follows an old railroad corridor for 7 miles between the town of Polo and the much smaller community of Woosung. The trail corridor traces farm country along a route scattered with trees. The natural surface can be rough ...
  • Kinstone Recreational Path

    State: IL
    Length: 0.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel

    From Main Street and Elevator Road in Roscoe, the scenic Kinstone Recreational Path winds its way northeast through woodlands along the north branch of Kinnikinnick Creek to the Stone Bridge Trail. Alternatively, you can head southwest from ...
  • Kishwaukee River Recreation Path

    State: IL
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Kishwaukee River Recreation Path runs for 2.5 miles in Cherry Valley on the outskirts of Rockford in northern Illinois. The well-maintained, asphalt trail connects the Kishwaukee River Forest Preserve with Blackhawk Springs Forest Preserve. ...
  • Kishwaukee Riverfront Path

    State: IL
    Length: 6.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Kishwaukee Riverfront Path winds nearly 7 miles through downtown Belvidere, east of Rockford in northern Illinois. As its name implies, the paved scenic trail follows the waterway for most of its journey through the Spencer Conservation ...
  • Kishwaukee-Kiwanis Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 4.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Kishwaukee-Kiwanis Trail winds through the northern Illinois town of DeKalb, coursing along a river, through woodlands, among open spaces through parks and through suburban back yards. The trail passes along the east side of Northern Illinois ...
  • Lake Geneva Bike Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: WI
    Length: 8.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Lake Geneva Bike Path runs through the scenic resort city, offering connections to many of the community’s amenities. The trail has five unique, color-coded segments. The Blue Route is the rail-trail portion of the bike path and also ...
  • Leland Path

    State: IL
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Although a relatively short trail, the Leland Path provides an important connection between the Hononegah Recreation Path and the Stone Bridge Trail. The pleasant, tree-dotted pathway travels through residential neighborhoods, as well as some ...
  • Long Prairie Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 14.43 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Long Prairie Trail began life as a section of the Kenosha Division Rail Line in the 1850s, when most small communities in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin were serviced by the crisscrossing tracks of the "KD" Line as it traveled ...
  • Lowell Parkway Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 3.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Lowell Parkway Trail runs through the charming town of Dixon, Illinois, boyhood home of Ronald Reagan. The trail occupies the rail bed of the old Illinois Central Railroad, between Lowell Park and John C. Roe Park, on the northwest side ...
  • Mel Anderson Memorial Path

    State: IL
    Length: 2.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Mel Anderson Memorial Path, named for a long-serving alderman of the Seventh Ward, stretches nearly 3 miles, connecting Lockwood Park, Searls Park, Bressler Park and Talcott-Page Park. Mid-way, the trail offers access to the Northwest Community ...
  • Millennium Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 14.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

    The planned 35 miles of the Millennium Trail will eventually connect communities and forest preserves in Lake County's central, western and northern sections. The first segment of the trail opened in 2002 at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda. ...
  • Moraine Hills State Park Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 11.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    Moraine Hills State Park Trail offers a wonderful experience for any geology or nature aficionado. A moraine is an accumulation of earth and stones carried and finally deposited by a glacier. Throughout the park, one can see the glacial till, ...
  • Oregon Park East Bike Path

    State: IL
    Length: 0.25 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Oregon Park East Bike Path is nestled along the east bank of the Rock River in the small town of Oregon in northern Illinois. The 23-acre park offers athletic facilities, restrooms, grills, and picnic tables, as well as an observation deck for ...
  • Peace Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WI
    Length: 4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Peace Trail is a scenic tree-shaded route paralleling the Rock River and an active rail line in southern Wisconsin's Janesville. At its northern end, the pathway merges with the Rock River Parkway Trail, which continues east another 2.5 ...
  • Pecatonica Prairie Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 12.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The Pecatonica Prairie Trail, formerly known as the Pecatonica Prairie Path, is a 12.5-mile rail-trail extending from the western edge of Rockport to the Winnebago–Stephenson county line west of Pecatonica. The crushed limestone-surfaced route ...
  • Pelishek-Tiffany Nature Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WI
    Length: 6 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The Pelishek-Tiffany Nature Trail runs for 6 miles along an abandoned railroad corridor, between the towns of Allens Grove and Clinton. The trail is open to snowmobiles, cyclists, horseback riders and cross-country skiers. The wooded trail passes ...
  • Perryville Path

    State: IL
    Length: 6.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Perryville Path runs nearly 7 miles, connecting the communities of Loves Park and Rockford, not far from the northern border of Illinois. A pleasant place to begin your journey is Rock Cut State Park, a beautiful forested area abounding ...
  • Poplar Creek Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 9.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Poplar Creek Trail is a 9.5-mile paved loop around Poplar Creek Forest Preserve near Hoffman Estates. The trail has a couple of hills but is otherwise level and makes for a pleasant journey through the wooded preserve.
  • Prairie Trail (IL)

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 28 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

    The Prairie Trail—not to be confused with the Illinois Prairie Path—is a 28-mile route starting just 0.8 mile from the Wisconsin–Illinois border in Genoa City, Wisconsin, and ending in Algonquin, Illinois. The trail is a beautiful piece of nature ...
  • Puri Path

    State: IL
    Length: 2.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Puri Path is a paved route in Rock Cut State Park, a beautiful outdoor destination of more than 3,000 acres for the city of Rockford. The path runs through the heavily wooded northeast corner of the park, ending at the park road just north ...
  • Randall Road Bike Path

    State: IL
    Length: 3.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Randall Road Bike Path offers a 4-mile paved north-south route along its namesake roadway in a suburb west of Chicago. A highlight of the journey is the trail's passage through the LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, offering beautiful prairie ...
  • Ridgefield Trace

    State: IL
    Length: 3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Ridgefield Trace currently consists of two short segments open for use. The western section runs from McHenry County College on US 14 in Crystal Lake to just west of N. Oak Street. Active railroad tracks prevent direct access to the eastern ...
  • River Bend Trail (Silver Glen Trail)

    State: IL
    Length: 4.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The 4-mile River Bend Trail is so named for the loop of Fox River along which it follows on its eastern end. It's here that you can connect to the scenic Fox River Trail to travel 43 miles along the waterway. The River Bend Trail is also ...
  • Riverside Recreational Path

    State: IL
    Length: 0.63 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Grass, Gravel

    The Riverside Recreational Path begins as a gravel lane at the base of Riverside Park on the banks of the Rock River in Roscoe. From there, it continues along Rowena Street, paralleling State Route 251, through a residential area until it goes ...
  • Rock River Parkway Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WI
    Length: 2.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Rock River Parkway Trail in Janesville runs between Rockport Park and S. Jackson Street bridge on the north side of the river. Here, at the trail's eastern terminus, you can easily link to Spring Brook Trail from the end of Riverside Drive. ...
  • Rock River Recreation Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 10 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The paved Rock River Recreation Trail winds throughout downtown Rockford and environs, following the east bank of the Rock River through Shorewood Park and Martin Memorial Park. Officially, the trail begins at Davis Park on the west bank of ...
  • Rock Valley College Path

    State: IL
    Length: 2.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Rock Valley College Path is a paved route looping around and through its namesake campus in Rockford. At its southern end, it connects to the Spring Brook Road bike lanes that continue east to the Perryville Path, which provides access to ...
  • Rockton Main Street Path

    State: IL
    Length: 0.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Rockton Main Street Path is situated off the Rock River on the southern end of downtown Rockton, a charming Midwestern village near the Illinois–Wisconsin border. It begins at Settler's Park, which offers views of the waterway, athletic ...
  • Rote Road Multi-Use Path

    State: IL
    Length: 0.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Rote Road Multi-Use Path offers a paved route along the south side of Rote Road in eastern Rockford. It travels for nearly a mile, providing access to neighborhoods, businesses, and the Aldeen Golf Club. At N. Perryville Road, you can connect ...
  • Saelens Park Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The paved trail running through Nick Saelens Memorial Park is a pretty one, with a loop around a small pond and much of it following a tree-lined creek. The park is nestled in the Village of Durand in northern Illinois and offers athletic facilities, ...
  • Skokie Valley Trail Extension (north)

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 6.8 miles
    Surface:

    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 ...
  • Spring Brook Trail

    State: WI
    Length: 5.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Janesville's Spring Brook Trail provides an important non-motorized route to many of the city's popular recreational amenities. The pathway begins just off the eastern terminus of the Rock River Parkway Trail and crosses the river on its journey ...
  • Stone Bridge Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 5.8 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    Built on a former rail bed dating back to the 1850s, the Stone Bridge Trail provides a crushed limestone pathway through rural countryside. A highlight of the trail is passage on Stone Bridge over the scenic South Kinnikinnick Creek. Built in ...
  • Stone Mill Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 1.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Stone Mill Trail runs between Lawrence Road in Harvard and Maxon Road in Chemung. The 1.5-mile, paved trail mostly parallels County Highway 17 (Ramer Road) and active railroad tracks, and will eventually be extended along the railroad right-of-way ...
  • Sugar River State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WI
    Length: 25 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    If you can't make it to Switzerland do the next best thing: take the Sugar River State Trail to "America's Little Switzerland"—New Glarus, Wisconsin. Settled in 1845 by a small tribe of Swiss pioneers, New Glarus today is a living monument to ...
  • Swanson Park Recreation Path

    State: IL
    Length: 2.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Swanson Park Recreation Path is sometimes known as the Cherry Valley Path as it's located in the Village of Cherry Valley on the outskirts of Rockford in northern Illinois. The paved path travels along a tree-lined creek through picturesque ...
  • Upper Yahara River Trail

    State: WI
    Length: 2.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Boardwalk

    In south-central Wisconsin, the Upper Yahara River Trail connects the communities of DeForest and Windsor along a beautiful wooded waterway. The trail is paved (with boardwalk over some environmentally sensitive sections) and well maintained ...
  • Virgil Gilman Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 11.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • White River State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WI
    Length: 19 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel

    As of 2012, the White River State Trail runs for a total of 19 miles in two separate segments. The Walworth County segment is 12 miles long and runs between Elkhorn and just west of the city of Burlington. The Racine County section is 7 miles ...
  • Williamson Parkway Bike Path

    State: IL
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Williamson Parkway Bike Path offers a pleasant, paved route through a residential area in southern Rockton. The mile-long trail follows its namesake roadway from Freeport Road (also known as S. Blackhawk Boulevard) south to Wagon Wheel Road. ...
  • Willow Creek Path

    State: IL
    Length: 2.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Willow Creek Path is a pleasant, tree-lined trail that follows its namesake creek for most of its journey through the communities of Machesney Park and Loves Park in the Rockford metropolitan area. It extends from Harlem High School into ...
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