Horseback Riding Trails in Illinois

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  • 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 western suburbs of Chicago. There are 11.2 miles of paved trails for cyclists, equestrians and pedestrians. The main loop is nearly 8 miles, ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...