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.

Although the trail was not built on a former railroad bed, the trail runs into an active railroad line just north of Golf Road in Des Plaines and continues just on the other side of the tracks, giving it a rail-with-trail designation. Caution should be used here when crossing the tracks.

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.


Ran the whole thing down and back

   December, 2016 by blarthox

I ran both county sections (Lake and Cook) down and back in the Fall of 2016. At 112 miles round trip, the trail is easily do-able over the course of the several week period. Running the while trail gave me a very enlightened perspective on the relative more

DPRT: Devon Ave. to Lake Ave.

   September, 2016 by jeffjacek

I rode this portion of the trail with some trepidation after having read other reviews and my own experience with the trail immediately south of this section (North Ave. to Devon). I was pleasantly surprised however to find that it was well maintained more

Active railroad crossing north of Golf/crossing Touhy is dangerous

   September, 2016 by jean.c.dorsch

Rode the trail from Dam 4 in Park Ridge north today to just north of Golf Road. Generally a nice trail. Agree some of the trail is not well marked going north and you need to ride in the bike lane of the street for a short section. Noted some dangerous more