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.


Rough Ride But Great Scenes

   July, 2014 by heochief

This trail is relatively close to me and I rode it last week. The scenery is great and the trail puts you in the heart of a forest. The trail is in two counties. Cook County and Lake County. The Cook County portion of the trail is for crossover or mountain more

Over the River and Through the Woods

   July, 2014 by adroblaw

I just "discovered" this trail last week. (yes I knew there was a trail there but had never ventured onto it. This Trail is for walking, biking, running and horseback riding- as noted by the "droppings" along the trail. I was on my road bike. I only more

Love the Des Plaines River Trail

   July, 2014 by charharp8

This is a great trail to ride. Cook county provides hidden unpaved trails(packed dirt) that weave through the city and suburbs. Great scenic river views. The lake county portion is crushed limestone and the scenery is breathtaking with lush vegetation, more