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.


A runner's dream

   August, 2016 by tawannamouton

Lovely trail. It's pretty long and so far I've only run 20 miles of this trail but I love the hills I come across, beautiful views and on Saturday/Sunday mornings you run into alot of runners on the trail. Found a restroom along the way. It also runs more

overall a very good trail

   July, 2016 by runningpath

I ran 15 miles on this trail this morning and found it to be overall quite good. It is muddy towards the south end, but still passable -- this is after quite a lot of rain in the last few weeks, but only a bit over the past few days. The northern part more

   July, 2016 by soloman224

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