Ridgefield Trace

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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 and Trail Access

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.


Trail, interrupted

   September, 2013 by tlnelsn

As the two previous reviewers noted, the trail "ends" poorly about 1000 feet west of N. Oak Street, south of the tracks. You can pick it up again about 500 feet or 0.1 mile north of the tracks from Oak Street to continue east to Walkup Road and cross ...read more


   June, 2013 by kmp29

I started at McHenry County College because I had not been able to locate the other end of this trail. There is no other end! It dead ends in a turnaround and just goes back. I didn't want to go all the way back to the college and noticed a man made trail ...read more

It's an ok trail.

   June, 2013 by marioslzr

I decided to check out this short, new (for me) trail but it didn't turn out to be as quick a ride as I had intended. From Crystal Lake, there's no clear way to see where the trail starts. As you come from another portion of trails running behind some ...read more