Des Plaines River Trail

Trail Map

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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.


Beautiful nature trail in urban environment

   September, 2013 by joan59

We had a beautiful Labor Day bike ride on the trail, from Campground Road in Des Plaines north to Potowatomi Park in Wheeling. The trail was in good shape (although not paved). A few bumps and sandy spots, but generally easy and level. If going with kids, more

Great Trail

   September, 2013 by cchambers21

I wish the Horse manure was cleaned up by owners! I love riding this trail other than the landmines! Not too flat some hills and I always see deer along the path. This is a good ride even when it is hot and sunny out, a lot of it is through woods with more

Leave road bikes home

   August, 2013 by wjc1954hotmail

Ride this trail often starting at east river and central.Curvy and hilly two hands on your grips.You have to pay attention to the path.Good workout and not crowded.Not a la dee da path.Great scenery and quiet.For trail and mountain bikes. read more