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Explore the best rated trails in Winnebago, IL. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Badger State Trail and Peace Trail . With more than 66 trails covering 678 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.
It is a great trail and super fun to bike on
Road from Rock Island to Port Bryan and it was really nice and paved. Read reviews as this is a long trail with mixed surfaces. But we got 40 miles in our route an enjoyed. There’s a holiday inn in Rock Island 2 blocks form a trail head. Really good food wit Distance hin walking do
After reading other recent reviews, we first rode the Stone Bridge Trail from Roland Olson Forest Preserve to Rockton and then headed back east to the Long Prairie Trail. Once we were on the Long Prairie, the surface changed to asphalt and was reasonably ok - some big bumps and cracks were marked - until we got to Caledonia. After that the surface got worse, and we turned around when we'd gone a mile or so farther. It was a nice ride with plenty of shade, and we managed to get in about 25 miles total. Still, it's a real shame that we can't ride from the east end of the trail anymore.
Shrubs overgrown sidewalk, broken glass, not maintained
Sunset Park is lovely, great for picnic. The trail is pretty rough. It is mostly asphalt and has a lot of cracks that have not been maintained. A couple of short bridges with wood roadbed have been repaired with sheets of 3/4 inch plywood. Signage is pretty good. We would have gone on past Moline except for the condition of the surface.
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.
I started at the Corps of Engineers park just outside of Thomson, il. Starts out beautiful riding among pine tree. Then transitions to a treeless sand prairie paved with smooth blacktop. Virtually no shade in this area. The trail dwindles away into a blacktop road that deteriorates more and more every 100 yards or so. Just before reaching the road to the lock and dam I decided I'm not enjoying this so I turned back to ward Thomson where my car was parked. I'm perfectly willing to pay the $5 fee to ride trails in Wisconsin or Iowa.
However I will say the Great River trail is outstanding from Savanna to the Fish & Wildlife facility 4 miles South of Savanna.
The description is incorrect. This trail is not fit for road bikes. It's a shame that the Great American Rail Rrail put this as a gateway trail as it is in such disrepair and neglect. What a mess.
My husband and I rode this trail round trip (82 miles) with our road bikes. We had breakfast at “Oak and Bean” before the journey (highly recommend; breakfast sandwiches on homemade bagels & homemade bread; custom coffees). and headed north from there. We benefited by downloading the route from the Rails to Trails App as FVT has other trails that branch off from it. We took a few wrong turns but we were able to navigate back to the trail because we had the map from R2T. There are a few spots where the trail is connected by streets going through neighborhoods. Over all this is an excellent trail. Some areas are rough due to cracks in the cement or raised areas due to roots, but it’s not terrible. I recommend this trail . I will ride it again. It’s worth my drive from Grand Rapids MI. Also. Try the “Coffee Garden onMain”. It’s a great restaurant newly opened. You’ll have to bike a few extra miles past Algonquin, but it’s worth it. It’s right off the trail to the right when you hit. A busy intersection.
Rode this for the first time,,had avoided it when visiting Sycamore due to the busy highway access. Apparently, a couple years ago, a access path from the back of the courthouse parking lot to the trail head has been added. And it's a very nice addition and way to get to the trail from town. Parking in the county building area and a quick ride onto the access. Makes for a totally different experience and the trail was perfect. The path was smooth, easy to ride with my cross bike and great shade along the way. So glad they took the time and spent the money to put that access in.
starting at eastern trailhead near kansasville and westward, trail is in great shape.
Not very much scenery to burlington except farm fields with a heavy greenery tunnel.
Paved section in burlington is bumpy and winds through parks.
Wanted to avoid highways due to gap through burlington so drove to trailhead on spring valley road.
Western section from spring valley rd. to elkhorn is more interesting with elevated trail that allows better scenery. Lyons has small settlement with restaurant Olde Hotel open for dinner and Village Tap for bar food then Springfield has cafe Pedal & Cup; all are worth checking out and right by the trail.
The part of the trail north of McHenry is very beautiful. I really enjoyed it.
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