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Explore the best rated trails in Ottawa, IL, whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail and Spring Creek Greenway Trail . With more than 47 trails covering 4338 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.
I live close enough to bike to this ‘trail’ but to get to it I have to cross a fairly busy street as there is no parking available. This ‘trail’ is more of an extra wide asphalt sidewalk more than anything else. I do enjoy the short ride once I’m on it.
We wanted to start at the very beginning of the trail. We parked in the parking lot of the Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall with no problems. To get to the trail from there you will have to ride on the street about 2 blocks so be careful of cars. The first three miles of the trail are asphalt paved but there are numerous locations that have either buckled or have tree roots that are pushing up; so this has caused there to be some pretty intense bumps along the way. No worries about this…just try to avoid them because after about mile 2.5 they completely go away. Not sure exactly what mile mark but the asphalt changes to a smooth and easy to ride limestone path. There are a few bridges that you ride across so those are decent photo ops. There is not a whole lot to
It is a great trail and super fun to bike on
Don't bother. Trail is still closed and the canal has been drained. The wildlife is gone and the trail not maintained. This is why I gave it a one star rating. There isn't a zero rating which it deserves.
I basically drove from romeoville to morris halfway from morris i started to feel like this trail was not safe when you get out from the woods park west and the bridge is gone in morris so just avoid the trail going to seneca
My husband and I rode this trail on 9/4/2023 and enjoyed our ride. Trail is crushed limestone and is in decent condition. The trail is more sun than shade so take that into account when riding. There are places along the way to stop if needing a restroom or water.
My wife and I biked the trail this (Monday) morning, starting at the swing bridge just north of Romeo Road, going all the way 12 miles north, then back. The trail is nicely paved and most of the way goes through beautiful, shaded woods. Two or three miles go along an industrial, barge docking area along the river. One mile of this stretch, there is no dedicated bike path, instead you bike along Canal Bank Road. The trail connects to several other nice trails. I’d probably give Centennial Trail 4.5 stars if possible. A very nice trail for the most part. We enjoyed it.
I just rode this from Joliet to the Kankakee River and it was smooth, great, and very picturesque! I was on my way to Urbana and this is a joy to ride! It is definitely worth the visit as it goes by the Buffalo Preserve too!
Not very smooth for inline skating, but great for walking, jogging and biking!
This is a real nice and mellow bike ride. We start at Book Road and 83rd street in southern Naperville. We ride all the way to Bolingbrook near Greene Road and Route 53. There is only a very short part that is on local streets. This is pretty safe especially because drivers along this route tend to look for and respect bike riders.
My wife and I had a very enjoyable ride on the Four Sisters Trail in Rochelle. The trail makes a horseshoe loop around the northern part of the city, starting in one park and ending in another. The beginning and end are also joined by street biking to complete the loop.
The trail must have been improved since the last review as the surface was in excellent condition with what appeared to be fairly new asphalt. The trail goes under some of the more major streets in town so there is no danger in crossing those. The only intersections are in quiet residential areas that were easy to navigate.
I can see us going back to this trail as it's a relatively short and flat ride on a newer surface. I highly recommend.
Moved here from Texas 6 years ago and I’m so lucky to have this huge network of trails to explore. The landscape is gorgeous!
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