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.


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

Best in Lake County

   February, 2015 by mruffolo

I have logged about 2500 miles on this trail in 2 years and I never get bored of it...going North from Independence Grove there is a slight bit of elevation to push you. read more

my favorite!

   February, 2015 by jjkim123go

this trail has so much to offer! one of my favorite bike paths for sure! read more