Salt Creek Trail (IL)

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The Salt Creek Trail travels nearly 27 miles from the Brookfield Zoo to Busse Woods Forest Preserve. Along the way it connects several beautiful county forest preserves and other woodland areas.

Portions of the trail are paved, while others have a limestone screening, and a few short segments are an on-road route. It is well marked throughout, although take care at some junctions, which can confuse.

The Salt Creek Trail intersects the Illinois Prairie Path in Villa Park, and follows it for a short stretch around State Route 83.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at several points along the trail, including (from north to south):

  • Busse Woods Forest Preserve (Elk Grove Village)
  • Salt Creek Park Forest Preserve (Wood Dale)
  • Cricket Creek Forest Preserve (Addison)
  • Bemis Woods (Western Springs)
  • Possum Hollow Woods (Westchester)


One of my favorites!

   August, 2015 by dmsmac

When I first started biking, my first trail was the Busse Woods trail. When I got tired of going around the 8 mile loop 3-4 times for distance, I discovered that the Salt Creek Trail starts at the Busse Woods and ends up at the Brookfield Zoo. I made more

Top 5 Trail

   May, 2015 by chicagofan76

Rode this last Saturday from Brookfield Zoo to Villa Ave in Villa Park. Trail was fun. winds up & down while it follows most of Salt Creek. Crosses a few major roads like Mannheim, 31st & 22nd. I plan on riding Villa Park to Busse Woods soon. read more

My favorite trail

   September, 2014 by mikechick

On Sundays, I regularly pick up the trail on 26th Ave. in Brookfield and ride west until I join the Illinois Prairie Path in Elmhurst. The majority of this section is fantastic, paved and easy to ride with plenty of small hills and small zig-zags through more