Great Western Trail (DuPage County)

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The eastern segment of the Great Western Trail in Illinois follows 12 miles of an abandoned railway corridor through DuPage County, between Villa Park and West Chicago. There are plans to extend the eastern segment of the Great Western Trail west of Route 59. The Chicago Great Western Railway (later Chicago and North Western) was called the Corn Belt Route because it linked Chicago, Minneapolis, Omaha and Kansas City. Today, the crushed limestone trail provides access for cyclists, walkers, joggers, equestrians and cross-country skiers.

You can link the east and west segments of this trail—in a long, roundabout way—by continuing on the Illinois Prairie Path where it meets the western terminus of the Great Western Trail (just west of Prince Crossing Road). Take the Illinois Prairie Path north and west to Elgin, where it meets the Fox River Trail. Cross the river and take the Fox River Trail south and west to the River Bend Trail (a.k.a. Silver Glen Trail), which meets up with the Randall Road Bike Path. Head south to LeRoy Oakes County Forest Preserve, where you can join the western segment of the Great Western Trail.

Parking and Trail Access

At the western end of the trail (West Chicago/Winfield), parking is available at Klein Creek Farm Forest Preserve and Nature Center on County Farm Road, south of North Ave. and St. Charles Road and north of Geneva Road. A north/south trail that runs along the west side of County Farm Road connects both the Illinois Praire Path (IPP) (Wheaton-Elgin branch) and the GWT. Klein Creek Farm is about 0.25 mile south of the GWT and about 0.75 mile north of the IPP.

Reviews

Bumby asphalt

   August, 2013 by wjc1954hotmail

Nice ride overall.Travels mostly through residential and commercial areas.Parallels power towers for most of the trail.Crushed stone mostly in better shape than asphalt.Trail signs by county near Prince Crossing is confusing and the two other trails there ...read more

GWT - Dupage - Parking - West End

   November, 2000 by

"At the western end of the GWT (West Chicago), parking is available at Klein Creek Farm Forest Preserve and Nature Center on County Farm Road, south of North Ave. and St. Charles RD and north of Geneva Rd. The north/south trail that runs along the west ...read more

Great Western Trail - Dupage Cnty

   October, 2000 by

"The Great Western Trail - DuPage Cnty runs in a very, very straight line from just west of Prince Crossing Road in West Chicago (I.P.P. (Illinois Praire Path) Wheaton-Elgin Junction) to Villa Park (I.P.P. Wheaton-Maywood Junction). The G.W.T. runs parallel ...read more