Bike Trails in Illinois

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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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Benld-Gillespie Bike Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 1.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Benld-Gillespie Bike Trail is part of two developing Illinois initiatives: the Route 66 Trail from Chicago to St. Louis, loosely following the historic highway; and the Illinois Traction System (ITS) Trail from Springfield to St. Louis, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Buffalo Creek Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 3.2 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Buffalo Creek Trail makes a loop around the scenic Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve in Long Grove. The crushed-gravel trail provides access to facilities throughout the park. Along the way, you’ll pass through open prairie, over several ...
  • Bunn to Lost Bridge Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 1.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    This trail is an extension of the Lost Bridge Trail that goes from Springfield to Rochester. From its western terminus, the first half mile is a heavily wooded section of urban rail-trail. It has a bridge across a creek that runs from the small ...
  • Burnham Greenway

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 5.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • Busse Woods Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 11.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Carlyle Lake Bike Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 10.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Carlyle Lake Bike Trail is located in one of Southwest Illinois's most popular recreational areas, just 50 miles east of St. Louis, Missouri—not far from that area's abundance of great trails, as well. Since the Army Corps of Engineers built ...
  • Centennial Trail (IL)

    State: IL
    Length: 13 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Chicago Lakefront Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 18.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    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 ...
  • Conservation District Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 2.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    North of the Sangamon River crossing, the Conservation District Trail closely follows Stevens Creek through a flat and dense wetlands forest on the west end of Decatur. South of the river, the trail ascends two steep grades to end at the Rock ...
  • Constitution Trail (Bloomington-Normal)

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 36.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The Constitution Trail is so named because it was dedicated on the 200th birthday of the U.S. Constitution, September 17, 1987. The first and main north-south section of the trail was built along an abandoned line of the Illinois Central Gulf ...
  • Danada and Herrick Lake Regional Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 5.8 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Deer Grove Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 3.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Deer Grove Trail runs through the Forest Preserve of the same name and includes a paved trail, nearly 4 miles long, that links to the Palatine Trail system. In the forest preserve there are also several trails for mountain bikers.
  • Delyte W. Morris Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 2.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Delyte W. Morris Trail lies entirely on the campus of Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (SIUE). It is named for the university's president at the Carbondale campus in the 1960s who helped create the Edwardsville campus. Students ...
  • Des Plaines River Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 56.3 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Eagle Points Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 7.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    Caution: While construction continues on the new I-270 bridge over the Mississippi River, be alert for trail restrictions or closings north of the parking lot access. The trail will remain open from the parking lot south. The Eagle Points ...
  • East Northbrook Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 1.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • East Prairie Bicycle & Walking Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Monticello is a small, central Illinois town steeped in a railroad history it still celebrates. Its Chamber of Commerce has offices and special activities in the historic downtown Train Depot. And it has a large and very active Railway Museum ...
  • Effingham TREC

    State: IL
    Length: 3 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The first portion of the TREC (Trail Recreation Effingham County) system, totaling approximately 3 miles, is complete, although eventually 30 miles of county-wide bicycling and walking trails will be developed. The trail is a wide and well-maintained ...
  • El Paseo

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 0.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • El Paso Walking Trail (IL)

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 2.8 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The El Paso Walking Trail runs along part of an old railroad right-of-way through the town of El Paso, beginning at the city park on the south side of town and ending at a creek north of town among cultivated fields. The trail offers a pleasant ...
  • Eldorado Bicycle and Walking Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 2.2 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Crushed Stone

    The City of Eldorado Bicycle and Walking Path is an excellent example of trails as linear parks. The City of Eldorado and the Eldorado Garden Study Club both work to keep the landscaped trailway and its flower gardens splendidly maintained and ...
  • Equality to Glen O. Jones Lake Bike Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 5.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The Equality to Glen O. Jones Lake Bike Trail traverses an area where salt mining figured much in its early history. So did the Ohio River, which lies just 12 miles to the east, down the Saline River. Now it's the nearby Shawnee National Forest ...
  • Fairview Park Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 1.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Fairview Park Trail, in western Decatur, traverses the large and beautiful Fairview Park and connects (via roadway) to the park's various attractions: an aquatic center, lake, gardens, pavilions, tennis courts, ball fields, skate park and ...
  • Fermilab Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 5.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    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, ...
  • 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

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 4.5 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Galena River Trail is built upon an old railroad spur of the Burlington Railroad main line, constructed in 1886. The spur linked Galena to Galena Junction, where the main railroad line—still active—follows the Mississippi River. Trains on ...
  • General Dacey Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The General Dacey Trail, which first opened in 2006, is a beautiful and richly varied trail located between the city of Shelbyville to the west and large Lake Shelbyville to the east. Its surface is oil and chip throughout. The two northernmost ...
  • George Rogers Clark Discovery Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 3.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The George Rogers Clark Discovery Trail has a name from the history books, and it runs entirely through Fort Massac State Park—Illinois’ first State Park, now over 100 years old—with its recreated fort first built in 1757. The fort, visitor ...
  • Glen Carbon Heritage Bike Trail (MCT Heritage Trail)

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 11 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Gravel

    Caution: As of September 2013, the westernmost 8 miles of the trail are closed due to trail reconstruction, from the trail’s terminus at its intersection with the Madison County Transit Nickel Plate Trail in Glen Carbon to the Silver Creek Bridge. ...
  • 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 River Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 60 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The Great River Trail is a breathtaking journey along 60 miles of the Mississippi River. The route is a mixture of paved rail-trail, small-town sidewalks, dedicated bike lanes on the street and a stretch of road shoulder along the Great River ...
  • Great Western Trail (DuPage County)

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 12 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Green Bay Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 8.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

    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, ...
  • Green Diamond Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 4.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Dedicated on August 5, 2000, the Green Diamond Rail-Trail was the first bicycling/pedestrian trail in Montgomery County. Partially funded by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the trail is the first leg of a possible 16 miles of trails ...
  • Greenbelt Bikeway

    State: IL
    Length: 1.7 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The backbone of the Greenbelt Bikeway runs north–south along Copper Slough, passing through two large city parks divided by W. Bradley Avenue. In Dodds Park to the north, there is a spur west through soccer fields to the primary parking lot ...
  • Grove Road Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Grove Road Trail parallels the local thoroughfare in the Village of Oswego, located near the southwestern edge of the Chicagoland metropolitan area. In the north, the trail begins on the east side of Grove Road and soon arrives at Prairie ...
  • 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 ...
  • Harrison Avenue/Mulford Road Bike Path

    State: IL
    Length: 3.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    In southeastern Rockford, a paved pathway begins at a connection with the Charles Street Community Path then heads south along Mulford Road through a residential area. At Harrison Avenue, the path travels east along the roadway for about a block ...
  • 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 ...
  • Hesse Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 0.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Hesse Trail connects two neighborhoods and a park in the city of O'Fallon with plans to extend and connect it to other trails in the large Metro-East area. It is a short, completely tree-covered rail-trail, well used by local residents. Except ...
  • 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, ...
  • Humphrey Bike Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 2.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    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 ...
  • Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 77.4 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Gravel

    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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Interurban Trail (IL)

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 8.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The paved Interurban Trail, which travels north more than 8 miles from Chatham to the Illinois state capital of Springfield along the old interurban electric rail line, provides a pleasant mix of suburban and rural scenery. The Interurban is ...
  • 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. ...
  • John Husar I&M Canal Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 8.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • Joliet Junction Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 4.36 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • Kankakee River Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 10.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Kiwannis Park/West Side Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 1.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Except for short-distance walkers, the principal attraction of the Kiwannis Park/West Side Trail is its connection to the other parts of Decatur's trail system. From its western terminus, one can access the Conservation District Trail and, from ...
  • Lake of the Woods Path

    State: IL
    Length: 3.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    This trail through the Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve shows off Central Illinois' great natural beauty. Starting from the west, the trail meanders through a wonderfully restored prairie. It passes by a beautiful botanical garden and woods, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Lincoln Park Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 0.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Lincoln Park Trail runs along the wooded north banks of the Sangamon River. It's mostly flat with a few low hills. Visible from the trail are Decatur's Lincoln Park, some classic old neighborhoods (with brick streets), and the old sections ...
  • Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 12.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail runs 12 miles, much of the way along an old railroad right-of-way between County Highway 2 east of Charleston and the ball fields at 10th Street in Mattoon; an additional 1-mile loop takes you around the ball ...
  • Lincoln Prairie Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 14.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Lincoln Prairie Trail runs between County Road 12 at State Route 29 west of Pana and Paw Paw Street in Taylorville. The trail parallels SR 29 for nearly the entire route. Built upon an abandoned rail bed, the trail includes four original ...
  • 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 ...
  • Lost Bridge Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 5.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Lost Bridge Trail, jointly managed by the Springfield Park District and the village of Rochester, is one of the area's earliest and most popular multiuse trails-even for locals taking a weekday break on their lunch hour. Well-maintained, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Madison County Transit Bluff Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The MCT Bluff Trail is the shortest trail in the Madison County network, but it highlights a feature of regional topography which can be evidenced on several other trails. The American Bottom is a wide and distinct floodplain of the Mississippi ...
  • Madison County Transit Confluence Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 18.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Caution: Trail closures are occurring in two areas along the southern half of this trail: 1) near the construction site of the new I-270 bridge over the Mississippi River, and 2) at the construction site of the new harbor facility at Bissell ...
  • Madison County Transit Goshen Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 8.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Madison County Transit (MCT) Goshen Trail is a namesake of the old Goshen Road that was built in 1808 to supply salt to the first permanent settlers of Madison County. The modern bike trail crosses the old road in one place, as does the ...
  • Madison County Transit Nature Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 14.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Madison County Transit (MCT) Nature Trail goes through richly varied surroundings of city, farm and wood. In the west, it begins at beautiful Wilson Park in Granite City. From there, it makes its way through older city neighborhoods, where ...
  • Madison County Transit Nickel Plate Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 21.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The Madison County Transit (MCT) Nickel Plate Trail is the longest of the county’s trails and perhaps the most diverse in its offerings. On the west, it begins at a junction with the MCT Nature Trail, offering a rather typical mix of rural rail-trail ...
  • Madison County Transit Quercus Grove Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 18.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The MCT Quercus Grove Trail begins in Edwardsville at its junction with the MCT Nickel Plate Trail. It begins on city sidewalks and alleys near Edwardsville's historic downtown area and very quickly looses itself in the dense tree cover of the ...
  • Madison County Transit Schoolhouse Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 15.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Madison County Transit (MCT) Schoolhouse Trail is part of the Transit District's system of more than 100 miles of urban and suburban trails—many of which are former railroad corridors, all of which are linked with public transit. This trail ...
  • Madison County Transit Watershed Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 5.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Madison Count Transit (MCT) Watershed Trail is all about trains, bridges and waterways. It follows an abandoned rail corridor built in 1868, the first to serve the city of Edwardsville, itself the third oldest city in Illinois. Later the ...
  • Main Street Bike Path

    State: IL
    Length: 1.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    In the Village of Roscoe, a paved path of just over a mile parallels Main Street (which becomes Frontage Road) and then continues along the south side of McDonald Road, a quiet residential street. Near the intersection of the two streets, the ...
  • Major Taylor Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 7.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • McKinley Bridge Bikeway

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL, MO
    Length: 1.2 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The McKinley Bridge has a long and storied past. In 1910, it opened to both railroad and vehicular traffic. Railroad tracks ran through the strong center portion of the bridge under the trusses, and vehicles crossed on exterior lanes supported ...
  • 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 ...
  • MetroBikeLink Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 6.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    This trail gets its name from the MetroLink Red Line train track it parallels through eastern Belleville and (briefly) the village of Swansea. It is a classic rail-with-trail configuration, where train and trail share the same corridor. There ...
  • Millennium Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 28.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

    The Millennium Trail is a planned 35-mile route through Chicago’s northern suburbs that will connect communities and forest preserves in northwestern Lake County. Currently, 28.5 miles of this regional trail network are complete and open for ...
  • Mitchell Road Path

    State: IL
    Length: 0.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    This path runs along Mitchell Road, starting in Machesney Park. The trail heads north and then travels east where it terminates at Sunny Meadow Drive outside of Russ Park. This short path is just outside of Rock Cut State Park where activities ...
  • 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, ...
  • North Branch Riverwalk

    State: IL
    Length: 0.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • North Branch Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 20 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • North Shore Bike Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 7.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The North Shore Bike Path runs for nearly 8 miles between Lake Bluff and Mundelein, paralleling State Route 176 for the path's entire length. The trail is one of dozens in the Chicagoland area, all of which link to one another for cross-city ...
  • North Shore Channel Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 6.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt

    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 ...
  • O'Malley's Alley Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 0.5 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    O'Malley's Alley is a paved, half-mile trail through a residential area south of Kaufman Lake on the western end of Champaign. On Kenwood Road (at the eastern end of the trail), you can head south on the sidewalk along the roadway to reach Centennial ...
  • Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

    State: IL, MO
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge was part of the renowned Route 66 and crosses a scenic stretch of the Mississippi River. It links two states—Illinois and Missouri—north of St. Louis. The bridge is short and narrow, only 1 mile long by 24 feet ...
  • Old Plank Road Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 22 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Palatine Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 16.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    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 ...
  • 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 Rockford to the Winnebago–Stephenson county line west of Pecatonica. The crushed limestone-surfaced route ...
  • Pekin Park Bike Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 4.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Pekin Park Bike Trail traverses more than 4 miles between Allentown Road and the Illinois River at Pekin bridge. The trail does a loop in Coal Miners' Park and passes through Mineral Springs Park, making for a nice family outing. The trail ...
  • Pennsy Greenway

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL, IN
    Length: 7.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Phyllis Harmon Path

    State: IL
    Length: 0.75 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Prospect Heights Bike Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 4.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Rend Lake Bike Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 20.6 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Crushed Stone

    The Rend Lake Bike Trail, in the heart of southern Illinois, goes around nearly half of the second-largest man-made lake in the state. Along the way, trail-goers will enjoy picturesque views of the tree-lined water, prairie grasslands, wetlands, ...
  • Richland Creek Greenway Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 3.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    This trail along Richland Creek is in two discontiguous sections that must be accessed separately. The northern section goes by the thick and quiet woods of Centennial Park, where there are also very nice walking paths. The southern section ...
  • 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: 4.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The 4.4-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 ...
  • River Trail of Illinois (Carl "Bud" Schmitt Trail)

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 7.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Running from East Peoria to Morton, The River Trail of Illinois was resurfaced in summer 2011. From East Peoria, the hiking and biking trail travels southeast along the old Illinois Terminal Railway line. Trail users can experience a bit of ...
  • 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 ...
  • Robert McClory Bike Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 26.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

    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 ...
  • Rock Island Trail (IL)

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 37.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    Caution: As of Sept. 15, 2014: Due to severe storm washouts that occurred last summer, there are closed sections of the trail on its northern end between Toulon and Princeville. Check the state's DNR website or the Friends of the Rock Island ...
  • 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 Run Greenway Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 10.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    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, ...
  • 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, ...
  • Salt Creek Trail (IL)

    State: IL
    Length: 26.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Cinder

    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 ...
  • Sam Vadalabene Great River Road Bike Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 20.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Big bluffs, mighty rivers, the largest state park and one giant bird—you'll find them all along the Sam Vadalabene Great River Road Bike Trail. This unique rail-trail starts in the 8,050-acre Pere Marquette State Park (named for the first European ...
  • Sangamon River Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 0.6 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    For a half-mile, western Monticello's Sangamon River Trail follows the former route of the Illinois Central Railroad, which carried passengers from Chicago to New Orleans. The trail includes a long, historical railroad bridge across the Sangamon ...
  • Sangamon Valley Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 5.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The first 5.5-mile segment of the 38-mile Sangamon Valley Trail opened in summer 2011 and runs between Centennial Park and Stuart Park in Springfield. When complete, the Sangamon Valley Trail will link Girard and Athens, as well as the towns ...
  • Skokie Valley Trail (Cook County)

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 1.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • Skokie Valley Trail (Lake County)

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 9.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • Stevens Creek Bikeway

    State: IL
    Length: 4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Stevens Creek Bikeway follows a scenic stream for 4 miles through neighborhoods and woodlands, connecting two parks (one at each end of the trail) on the western side of Decatur in central Illinois. The pathway is relatively flat and trail-goers ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Thorn Creek Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 12.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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. ...
  • Tinley Creek Trail (North)

    State: IL
    Length: 18.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • Tinley Creek Trail (South)

    State: IL
    Length: 3.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • Tunnel Hill State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 55.6 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Crushed Stone

    Southern Illinois' Tunnel Hill State Trail is a gem of a route, with 23 trestle bridges (including one that is 450 feet long), several ghost towns, a beautiful park, a comfortable trailhead in Vienna Station and, of course, its namesake tunnel—an ...
  • Valley Line Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 1.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • Village of Rantoul Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    This is a story of three trails in one. The newest section of the trail is a beautifully landscaped rail-trail along the former alignment of the Fisher Farmers Railroad, which connected the north side of Rantoul to farming communities to its ...
  • 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 ...
  • Wabash Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 2.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Wabash Trail is the epitome of an urban rail-trail link. It's straight and flat. It has bridges over its only intersecting roadways. Just keep moving and enjoy. The trail connects city neighborhoods in its midsection with shopping areas ...
  • Waterfall Glen

    State: IL
    Length: 9.5 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Grass

    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. ...
  • Waubonsie Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 3.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Waubonsie Trail links Boulder Hill and the Village of Oswego via a greenway corridor within a residential community. The eastern trailhead is in Jaycee Park, which offers a playground, picnic shelter and open areas for sports practice. Old ...
  • Wauponsee Glacial Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 22.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    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 ...
  • 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 ...