Des Plaines River Trail

Trail Map

Description Suggest an Edit

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 numerous forest preserves, parks and communities between the Illinois–Wisconsin border and south, well into the western Chicago suburbs.

In Lake County, snowmobiles are permitted along the trail between Wadsworth Road (and in the wetlands research project area) and the northern terminus at Russell Road.

For more detailed maps of this extensive trail, consult the links to Lake and Cook counties.

Parking and Trail Access

There are numerous access points and places to park along the Des Plaines River Trail and Greenway. Consult the local map for more details on access and the different services found along the way.


This is the best trail!

   October, 2015 by biscorbit

This trail is amazing! It has a some challenges along the course like quick turns,bumps, and sometimes some mud. The scernery is like no other trail I've experienced in Illinois. Nothing like biking along this beautiful river. If I had one complaint it more

Mud, mud, and more mud

   September, 2015 by sonica.ruiz40

Be careful if you ride within a week of a rainstorm. I took my daughters for an afternoon ride about a week after we got a big rain. We got about a mile or two North of the Fullerton entrance and wiped out and got stuck in the mud. It was great for mud more

A dream trail right under our noses!

   September, 2015 by mr. kotter

I've lived in the Chicago area my entire life. All this time I've driven around the forest I did twelve miles IN the preserves...WHAT A TREAT! This is a must-do for families and riders alike. Lake County well groomed and engineered. more