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.


Active railroad crossing north of Golf/crossing Touhy is dangerous

   September, 2016 by jean.c.dorsch

Rode the trail from Dam 4 in Park Ridge north today to just north of Golf Road. Generally a nice trail. Agree some of the trail is not well marked going north and you need to ride in the bike lane of the street for a short section. Noted some dangerous more

South End is awful

   September, 2016 by jdunsing1

I have now ridden the entire trail on a hybrid bike. I live in Libertyville and ride the DPRT 3-4 times per week from about Rte 22 all of the way up to the Wisconsin Line. I've put on over 2500 miles just in Central Lake County on the DPRT and enjoyed more

Great Trail -- an Urban Oasis

   August, 2016 by kmuelle

My wife and I have ridden our hybrid bikes from Lake Cook road to Russell Rd. and absolutely love this trail. Well maintained. This weekend we rode from Russell Road to Wadsworth Rd. and back about 15 miles and loved the views of the wet lands the passes more