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Explore the best rated trails in Joliet, IL. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail and ComEd Greenway. With more than 99 trails covering 4685 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.
Today, we rode from Dean Nature Sanctuary to the 7-11 just south of Busse Woods and back. About 34 miles, from the parking lot of the Sanctuary. Good option during the 294 construction that has the path closed at that location. Some parts of the Salt Creek path are very bumpy.
Rode from hammel woods (on black road) north to trailhead at sunset park in plainfield then south back through woods to trailhead at jefferson street in shorewood, about 10 miles roundtrip.
North of black road the asphalt pavement is flat and in excellent shape. Trail goes from the woods parking lot then north under black road and through a wide prairie along the river with no shade. South of black road the trail winds through the woods with very little slope and asphalt pavement is in good shape. Easy riding all the way.
watch out for construction in the southern end of the trail—passable right now, but it may not be in a few weeks.
Trail is closed at 294 underpass
I lived in the area for 34 years and rode this trail on a regular basis. It was always the most ignored and neglected of the FPDCC trails. Today I stopped by for Trail Opening/Earth Day for a short hike and found that this trail had finally been repaved! Can’t wait to enjoy the smooth surface with my bike.
Surprised to see this amazing trail that has great bed and breakfasts along it is not noted as part of the Great American Rail Trail. It sure would help demonstrate more GART completion if it was.
Rode trail on a sunny saturday afternoon in early april with not many other users on it. Only used paved road in section west of quentin road that was moderately hilly and scenic with deer sighted. East of quentin is camp reinberg that is worth a stop for restroom and concessions. Trail on this east section is fairly flat and loops around a very large prairie. Trail condition was excellent.
The trail closed signage is still up as of 4/15/2023 around the 8 mile area. You can get through, but considering the date, it's possible construction will resume as the weather warms in the next few weeks.
Not all the way around the lake is paved. Some gravel. Then off trail too. Showing its age in some spots. so rough for bikes. But bringing my boots to see if the off trail goes around the lake?? Liked the wooden path over the marsh area. Didn’t go through housing area.
I frequently am on the GNW Trail between Gary Avenue and County Farm Road. The location is beautiful but the surface has become very uneven for bicyclists as well as for runners. It is so uneven that runners risk sprained ankles. Is there a way you could even it out? Thank you.
Asphalt trail allows faster speeds compared to limestone trails. Vermont Cemetery Preserve is a good spot for railfanning (before wall) due to train tracks along Normantown Trail
It is a nice setting. It has a lane for walking and a lane for bikes. Last I was there, dogs were not allowed. I enjoyed this trail. It’s a big circle. There is also a park for kids.
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