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Sounded like a good idea at the time

By wolfconsin in July, 2015

I should have done my homework better. What attracted me to this trail is that it starts out in Wisconsin (I live in Milwaukee). First of all, there is no designated parking for either this trail or the Prairie Trail. I parked in the grocery store's parking lot in Genoa City.

I have used crushed-stone trails before and enjoyed them but I was not impressed with this one. The Prairie is particularly rough. When I turned off onto the Hebron I found it to be wider with a finer gravel but still loose enough to be worrisome. Cursing the hot sun as well as the trail surface, I decided to cut my ride short.

On a positive note, I may return on an overcast or spring or fall day and try again. Or perhaps start from the Hebron end, although I was looking forward to the ice cream treat upon turning around in Hebron.

good trails for horses

By kande230 in May, 2015

Went to the Hebron trail today, if you are bringing horses the only place to park and unload is at the North Branch parking lot near Genoa City limits. Otherwise trails are well maintained and beautiful scenery.

Beautiful Ride, Bad Signs

By michael.kinder.923 in April, 2015

The trail delivers everything you read in the description. Its truly breathtaking.
However, heading west, the trail has a sign, that clearly reads "Trail Ends" at Lange Rd, with no signs indicating that it zig zags to the tracks.
We wound up taking 173 to the ice cream parlor, and 173 back to praire trail. It was the most difficult part of the ride thanks to heavy wind.

Love the trail, but would love even more to see better signs for those (like myself) that are not familiar with this beautiful spacious area.

By megturner in September, 2014

Beautiful trail. Bonus: ice cream in Hebron.

Storm damage

By thagert28 in June, 2014

Trees down between mile marker 27 and 27.5 currently blocking the trail!

In Rail/Trail language: "Just Right"

By dcrzmh in September, 2013

The Hebron Trail is the Rail/Trail I rode this September, 2013 Saturday morning. Just what you expect and just what you should get from a Rail/Trail. Starting on the east end of Hebron, IL (East and West are about 3 blocks apart)I headed east on a flat, well maintained former railroad right of way.

Fall colors were just starting to show and some leaves had fallen, which required bike riders to watch the trail more closely for rodent holes and small "washouts". However, the trail was in good shape and unusually wide for a Rail/Trail. Even when the trail broke out of the village tree cover the trail was flat, low and protected on both sides by tall bushes and grasses. A prevailing crosswind was mostly unnoticeable along the open portions of the trip.

The Hebron Trail jumped off the right of way for a short time about mid trip, but the change was marked and navigated with ease.

The Hebron Trail terminated as highlighted in the descriptions included with TrailLink, however one could pedal across the road and enter the North Branch park of the McHenry County Forest Conservatory and continue through the large open space (limestone trail provided) up and over the field and merge with the Northern end of the Prairie Path just south of Genoa City.

I biked up to the north end of the Prairie Path then tried some of the southbound trail, but that trip will be another story.

The Hebron Trail was 5 plus miles of well managed former railroad road bed, some parking was available at a couple of intersections and restrooms were available at both ends. It was a ride that was "Just Right".

Hebron Trail

By jschlau in August, 2010

Rode the Hebron Trail on Aug 5th, 2010 as part of the Grand Illinois Trail. In spite of recent heavy rains in northern IL, the trail was in good condition for riding a loaded mountain bike and generally well shaded. There are numerous stores in Hebron.

Not a review but a request

By steve ignots in July, 2010

I friend and I plan to ride from East Dundee to Lake Geneva, WI. Up the Fox River Trail to the Prairier, over to Hebron and north to Lake Geneva. The question is once on Hebron what's the best road to take north to Lake Geneva? Steve

Nice Trail

By 850120 in November, 2008

I rode this trail in November and found it very interesting. I am 62 years old and found it to be an easy trail to ride. Will ride the trail again. Would like to ride it again during the summer months. I began my ride in Richmond on the Prairie Trail. I did find the connecting trail between the Prairie Trail and Hebron Trail to be some what difficult. It did have a lot of loose gravel. When I do it again I will park at the Trail Head lot on Keystone Road.

Ron Krich