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Explore the best rated trails in Sycamore, IL. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail and Tall Grass Greenway Trail. With more than 128 trails covering 4772 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 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.
The path is now paved from Big Hill Park, which is just North of Beloit WI off of Afton Road, and goes to Janesville WI. In Janesville there are several paved paths which directly connect. There is plenty of parking at Big Hill Park, along with water, and bathrooms. A good portion of the trail runs along the scenic Rock River. I’ve seen many native species as I road. Enjoy your ride!
This path runs from Big Hill Park, just North of Beloit WI., off of Afton Road, to several paved paths in Janesville WI. There is plenty of parking at Big Hills Park, along with bathrooms and water. The entire trail is on a paved path or on low volume paved roads. It’s a wonderful ride! The ride from Big Hill Par to Janesville is about 11 miles. Hope you enjoy your ride as much as I do ¿¿
This summer I'm going to ride my bike from Dixon to polo on the bike paths
I frequently walk my dog on this trail and am becoming increasingly disturbed by the need to dodge the droppings of other people's dogs because they refuse to pick up after them. Perhaps there needs to be better signage, more trash receptacles, or even a dog poop bag dispenser to encourage people to pick up after their pets. It's so gross! There is literal poop on the path and in the areas surrounding the path.
I've ridden this trail for 30 years and it's well maintained and relatively flat. The crushed limestone surface drains water away quickly though in winter, when the ground is frozen, the water can form puddles or freeze so you must be careful. After bigger rainstorms, some of the underpasses can be impassable (e.g., Route 60 especially--there is a side path that connects the trail but you need to cross a major road). The path gets multi-modal usage, from walkers, families, runners, horses, skiers, bicycles, to e-bikes. You can ride this with a road bike if you're confident but cross or gravel bikes are better but certainly not absolutely necessary. Nowadays we see fat-tire bikes, especially in winter, and e-bikes too. People are generally quite respectful of others. The trail is well marked and I recommend starting at Daniel Wright Woods or Old School Forest Preserve which are in southern Lake County. As others have said, going north from there keeps you in Lake County which does a great job of maintaining the trails.
I live near this trail and its a great ride! It follows some of the best midwestern countryside you can ask for and runs along side the Winnebago County Forest Preserve Wetlands in Pecatonica.
There is also a local bike shop named The Bicycle Hub in Pecatonica on Main Street just 1 block from the trail. They offer full service bike repair and are also a retail store. You can feel confident that if anything happens on the trail this shop can help support you, even if its simply to share in your excitement of the ride!
Wide enough and paved. Now Trail has been extended north of lies road to army trail. South end of trail connect to the great western.
This trail begins off of Voltz near Sunset Ridge and goes about a mile and a half or so across Sunset up to Dundee Rd. If riding through Northbrook, it's a very handy way to avoid Skokie Blvd and make your way up to the North Trail entrance off of Dundee across from Botanic Gardens. It's mostly just a nice, secluded, wooded, but paved strand behind some residential neighborhoods and runs parallel to Skokie. When riding, please be a little more mindful of residents walking, often with dogs and children. It doesn't get very crowded, and people generally aren't expecting bikers like on the major trails.
A great place for walkers, hikers, bikers, and families. It’s been wonderfully restored and brings nice surprises during each season.
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