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

   November, 2014 by bingaman

Pros: Very scenic, excellent signage, lots of wildlife, quiet. Cons: On a bike, I found it was muddy and hard to push through on road tires after a light rain in November. read more

Excellent trail

   August, 2014 by cchambers21

There is always some sort of wildlife on the northern part of this trail. Deer, Turtles, Frogs,very scenic nice trail to ride. Well marked with mile markers every 1/4 mile. There are a couple restrooms along the way not much water unless you venture off more

Woodland Serenity

   August, 2014 by crewdog135

I've been riding this trail for years mostly between Foster and Algonquin. Parts are bumpy but overall condition is good. Smaller single track trails off the main run offer more challenges and scenery read more