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.


Great Trail But It Could Be Better

   July, 2015 by edgarph

Cook county and more specifically the towns and villages where this trail runs through need to get their act in gear. Riding this trail south of Lawrence avenue in Schiller Park is for thrill seekers and off-road fat tire bikers only. The trail north more

FatBike Heaven

   July, 2015 by toionedesign

First time on the trail, logged about 10mi in on a single gear Fat Tire Bike...from the bottom to Belmont ave. Can't wait to push forward. Saw some Deer even a Buck. Slammed through some awesome flooded muddy tunnels. Wall rides under overpasses, and more

On the Border

   February, 2015 by dosinga

I ride this trail from Russell Rd just over the Illinois border south and I love it! There are horses in some areas, trains, giant 100 year oaks, water ways, bridges, interstate tunnels, plains, lowlands... just about every imaginable terrain and view. more