Ridgefield Trace currently consists of two short segments open for use. The western section runs from McHenry County College on US 14 in Crystal Lake to just west of N. Oak Street. Active railroad tracks prevent direct access to the eastern trail segment, which stretches from N. Oak Street to the northwest edge of Veteran Acres Park on Walkup Road.
Both sections of the trail occupy a ComEd electric utility corridor, but still offer wide open views of rural northern Illinois countryside.
In Veteran Acres Park, you'll find a nature center, athletic fields, restrooms, picnic shelters and a playground. Just east of the park, you can connect to the Prairie Trail, a scenic 28-mile rail-trail.
One day, Ridgefield Trace is planned to be much longer via an extension of the current pathway northwest from McHenry County College to the intersection of Lake Avenue and State Route 47 in Woodstock.
Parking is available in Veteran Acres Park (431 Walkup Road) on the east end of the trail. In the west, park at McHenry County College off US 14.