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Length
Surfaces
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Bloomingdale Trail (The 606)

2.7 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Concrete

Burnham Greenway

5.3 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Cal-Sag Trail

13.8 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Calumet Trail

9.1 mi
State: IN
Crushed Stone

Centennial Trail (IL)

13 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Chesapeake and Ohio Greenway

1.9 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Chicago Lakefront Trail

19 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Concrete

Des Plaines River Trail

56.2 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Dunes Kankakee Trail

5.5 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

East Bank Trail (IN)

1.7 mi
State: IN
Asphalt, Concrete

El Paseo

0.1 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Erie Lackawanna Trail

17.7 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Green Bay Trail

8.9 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Hickory Creek Bikeway

3.7 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail

79.5 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Grass, Gravel

Illinois Prairie Path

58.4 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Indiana-Michigan River Valley Trail

5.3 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Iron Horse Heritage Trail

2.4 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

John Husar I&M Canal Trail

8.9 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

LaSalle Trail

3.5 mi
State: IN
Asphalt
Accordion

Lake George Trail

3.1 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Lincolnwood Valley Line Trail

1.3 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Little Calumet River Levee Trail

6 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Major Taylor Trail

7.5 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Marquette Trail

2.1 mi
State: IN
Crushed Stone

Monon Trail (Lake County)

4.4 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Monterey Erie Trail

0.6 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

North Branch Riverwalk

0.6 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

North Branch Trail

21.3 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

North Judson Erie Trail

9 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

North Shore Channel Trail

6.7 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt

Northerly Island Trail

1 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Concrete

Northside Trail

3 mi
State: IN
Concrete

Oak Savannah Trail

9.5 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Old Plank Road Trail

21.7 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Orland Park Bikeway

6.7 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Concrete

Palos Heights Bike Trail

2 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Panhandle Pathway

22 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Pennsy Greenway

9.4 mi
State: IL, IN
Asphalt

Prairie Duneland Trail

10.3 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Preservation Path

2.1 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Riverside Trail (IN)

3.4 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Route 30 Bikeway

7.6 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Salt Creek Trail (IL)

26.7 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Cinder, Woodchips

Southern Dupage County Regional Trail

46 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Techny Trail

3 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Concrete

Thorn Creek Trail

17.2 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Tinley Creek Trail (North)

24 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Tinley Creek Trail (South)

3.6 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Turkey Creek Trail

0.8 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Union Pacific Recreation Path

1 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Vale Park West Pathway

0.7 mi
State: IN
Concrete

Valley Line Trail

1.1 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Veterans Memorial Trail

2.7 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Waterfall Glen

9.5 mi
State: IL
Crushed Stone, Grass

Wauponsee Glacial Trail

22.3 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

West Bank Walkway

0.6 mi
State: IN
Concrete
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
TRAIL CLOSED: As a precaution to help limit the spread of COVID-19, the local managing authority has temporarily closed this trail. The Bloomingdale Trail, part of “The 606” park system, is a...
IL 2.7 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Burnham Greenway is composed of two distinct portions that both run along a former railroad corridor between Chicago and Lansing, Illinois. There are plans to extend and connect these short...
IL 5.3 mi Asphalt
The Cal-Sag Trail (or, Calumet-Sag Trail) is currently under active construction. As of early 2018, it has a competed section of about 13 miles, stretching from near its western terminus at the John...
IL 13.8 mi Asphalt
The Calumet Trail traverses the south side of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, a unique ecosystem of forest, marsh, dunes and beach along Lake Michigan. This dirt and crushed limestone path...
IN 9.1 mi Crushed Stone
Illinois’ Centennial Trail runs through parts of three suburban counties from Willow Springs Road to Romeo Road/135th Street southwest of Chicago. The trail occupies a thin strip of land between the...
IL 13 mi Asphalt
The Chesapeake and Ohio Greenway (also referred to as the C&O Trail) offers a short, paved route through Merrillville, a town just a few miles south of Gary and the southern tip of Lake Michigan. The...
IN 1.9 mi Asphalt
TRAIL CLOSED: As a precaution to help limit the spread of COVID-19, the local managing authority has temporarily closed this trail. The Chicago Lakefront Trail is aptly named; it spans 19 miles...
IL 19 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Des Plaines River Trail runs alongside the Des Plaines River for just over 56 miles, protecting watershed habitat and forestland through much of Lake and Cook Counties. The trail is a natural...
IL 56.2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
The Dunes Kankakee Trail is a 5.5-mile walking and bike path that It exists in 2 discrete segments: one that is 2.4 miles paralleling County Road 25 East, and the other segment east of that that is...
IN 5.5 mi Asphalt
The northern portion of the East Bank Trail was one of the first rail-trails in Indiana, opening in 1988. The asphalt-surfaced trail stretches for about 0.5 mile through tree-lined South Bend...
IN 1.7 mi Asphalt, Concrete
El Paseo runs through the vibrant Chicago neighborhood of Pilsen, once home to a large Czech population but now the center of the Lower West Side’s Latino community. The neighborhood is filled with...
IL 0.1 mi Asphalt
The Erie Lackawanna Trail connects Crown Point and Hammond, two former rail junctions whose early fortunes were tied to the tracks carrying people and goods to and from Chicago. Despite traveling...
IN 17.7 mi Asphalt
The 9-mile Green Bay Trail runs parallel to Chicago's Metra commuter rail line north of the Chicago city limits. Stretching through North Shore towns such as Kenilworth, Winnetka, Highland Park and...
IL 8.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Hickory Creek Bikeway offers nearly 4 miles of paved pathway through a wooded preserve. On its western end, the trail begins at Hickory Creek Barrens Nature Preserve and Lincolnway Road; on the...
IL 3.7 mi Asphalt
The Illinois and Michigan Canal State Trail follows the eponymous waterway alongside the Illinois River. It traverses the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor, designated in 1984 and the first...
IL 79.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Grass, Gravel
The Illinois Prairie Path (IPP) was one of the nation’s first rail-trail conversions. It consists of five connected trail segments with three main branches that converge at Volunteer Park (West...
IL 58.4 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Indiana-Michigan River Valley Trail currently runs for more than 5 miles through Niles, Michigan, on the eastern bank of the St. Joseph River. The trail occupies a former New York Central Railroad...
MI 5.3 mi Asphalt
The Iron Horse Heritage Trail in Portage, Indiana, runs for over 2 miles between Max Mochal Road (SR 149) at the east end and Hamstrom Rd. at the west end. The trail passes through a greenway corridor...
IN 2.4 mi Asphalt
The John Husar I&M Canal Trail is the northernmost trail developed on the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor. The Illinois & Michigan Canal provided the final link in the water route...
IL 8.9 mi Asphalt
When complete, the LaSalle Trail will travel an arrow-straight 3.5 miles between Roseland Town Park in Roseland and the Indiana–Michigan state line. Michigan is currently working on building a trail...
IN 3.5 mi Asphalt
Accordion
As the name suggests, the Lake George trail travels along the north shore of Lake George, turning north at Calumet Ave/US 41 to skirt the east shore of Wolf Lake. From Lake George the trail also heads...
IN 3.1 mi Asphalt
The Lincolnwood Valley Line Trail connects the existing Valley Line Trail (Sauganash Trail) to the Skokie Valley Trail in Cook County.  Like the previous segments, this trail occupies a former Union...
IL 1.3 mi Asphalt
Little Calumet River Levee Trail stretches from Munster to Gary, Indiana. The trail zigs and zags through a number of local parks including Riverside Park, Wicker Memorial Park, Homestead Park,...
IN 6 mi Asphalt
The Major Taylor Trail is named after legendary African American cyclist Marshall “Major” Taylor, who was one of the most celebrated bicycle racers of the late nineteenth century, setting several...
IL 7.5 mi Asphalt
The Marquette Trail offers picturesque views of Lake Michigan as it travels through the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. This scenic route follows an abandoned rail line through a variety of diverse...
IN 2.1 mi Crushed Stone
The Monon Trail in Lake County, Indiana—not to be confused with the trail of the same name in Indianapolis—links the two Chicago suburbs of Hammond and Munster. The paved trail occupies an abandoned...
IN 4.4 mi Asphalt
The Monterey Erie Trail occupies the same railbanked corridor as the longer North Judson Erie Trail to its west, and the two rail-trails are planned to be linked in the future. The paved pathway...
IN 0.6 mi Asphalt
The North Branch Riverwalk is a 0.6 mile biking and walking trail located on Chicago's northside along the North Branch of the Chicago River, nestled between Gordon Tech High School and Lane Tech High...
IL 0.6 mi Asphalt
The North Branch Trail follows the North Branch of the Chicago River over 20 miles through Cook County. The trail was originally a dirt path often used for horseback riding; though it’s now paved, an...
IL 21.3 mi Asphalt
The North Judson Erie Trail occupies the railbanked right-of-way of the former JK Line Railroad, running 9 miles from downtown North Judson southeast to US 35 near Bass Lake. Eventually, the trail...
IN 9 mi Asphalt
The North Shore Channel Trail extends from the junction of Green Bay Road and McCormick Boulevard in northern Evanston to the junction of Lawrence Avenue and Francisco Avenue in Chicago. All but the...
IL 6.7 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt
Note: Erosion caused by surging waves off Lake Michigan has caused the trail to collapse in sections. The eastern half of the trail along Lake Michigan is closed indefinitely. See the Chicago Park...
IL 1 mi Asphalt, Concrete
South Bend’s Northside Trail closely follows the east bank of the St. Joseph River from Howard Park to the western edge of Mishawaka. Along the way, you’ll have access to Viewing Park and Veterans...
IN 3 mi Concrete
First-time visitors to the Oak Savannah Trail might be surprised at the profusion of natural areas they’ll encounter as they travel the 9.5 miles between Hobart and Griffith in northern Indiana’s...
IN 9.5 mi Asphalt
Running between the suburbs of Chicago Heights and Joliet, the Old Plank Road Trail offers views of oak trees and sugar maples, prairie grasses, and wildflowers that peek up through the...
IL 21.7 mi Asphalt
The Orland Park Bikeway provides a great connector across the Chicago suburb of Orland Park. On its southern end, the trail begins at W. 159th Street and winds its way through Centennial Park, which...
IL 6.7 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Palos Heights Bike Trail offers a north-south route through residential and commercial areas on the west side of the community. It's also a key connector between two regionally important...
IL 2 mi Asphalt
Indiana’s Panhandle Pathway follows a former Pennsylvania Railroad corridor out of Winamac south to Kenneth. Along the way, the trail links the communities of Star City, Thornhope, and Royal Center...
IN 22 mi Asphalt
The Pennsy Greenway is currently open in two segments between Calumet City, Illinois, and Schererville, Indiana. The northern portion begins at the southern end of the Burnham Greenway in Calumet City...
IL, IN 9.4 mi Asphalt
Prairies and dunes are just two of the natural features you’ll experience on the Prairie Duneland Trail, located just a few miles south of the Lake Michigan shoreline and the Indiana Dunes National...
IN 10.3 mi Asphalt
The Preservation Path is a two-mile paved trail in the community of Matteson, Illinois. The path begins on Vollmer Road and terminates at the Old Plank Road Trail. The trail is paved with center...
IL 2.1 mi Asphalt
The Riverside Trail winds along the west bank of the St. Joseph River for just over 3 miles in northern Indiana's South Bend. Several benches along the way allow you to take in the beautiful river...
IN 3.4 mi Asphalt
Leave the cars at home: the Route 30 Bike Path gives users an alternative way to travel from the Village of Frankfort in the east, through Mokena to New Lenox in the west, a distance of over 7.5...
IL 7.6 mi Asphalt
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...
IL 26.7 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Woodchips
The Skokie Valley Trail in Cook County parallels active train tracks in the Village of Skokie, providing easy access to both the Oakton–Skokie and Dempster–Skokie stations on the CTA’s Yellow Line....
IL 2 mi Asphalt
The Southern Dupage County Regional Trail connects multiple of the larger forest preserves in Dupage county together. Starting near the intersection of 75th st and Ogden Ave in Aurora, the trail runs...
IL 46 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Techny Trail links downtown Glenview, a charming village northwest of Chicago, with the Techny Basin, a scenic wetlands area adjacent to the West Fork of the Chicago River's North Branch....
IL 3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Thorn Creek Trail offers a paved route traversing woodlands abundant with wildlife through several communities on the southern outskirts of Chicago.  The trail travels from Brownwell Woods in...
IL 17.2 mi Asphalt
The northern section of the Tinley Creek Trail is a series of color-coded connected loops and spurs that weave through several forest preserves in Cook County. The 24-mile trail system is paved,...
IL 24 mi Asphalt
The Tinley Creek Trail is currently in two segments. This southern segment is within the South Green Belt Forest Preserve between Flossmor and Matteson, just west of I-57. The trail traverses wooded...
IL 3.6 mi Asphalt
Turkey Creek Trail is a short but sweet walk or ride through the beautiful Ivan Gatlin Nature Preserve in the northwestern Indiana community of Schererville. This wetland area provides the opportunity...
IN 0.8 mi Asphalt
The Union Pacific Recreation Path offers a short route through the Village of Lincolnwood's east side between Devon and Touhy avenues. Following the former Union Pacific Railroad, the rail-trail...
IL 1 mi Asphalt
The Vale Park West Pathway is a multiuse trail in the Chicago suburb of Valparaiso. At 0.7 mile long, the trail passes through a mix of woodland and prairie, as well as over a creek on a 220-foot...
IN 0.7 mi Concrete
Just 1 mile long, the Valley Line Trail—also known as the Sauganash Trail—extends between Bryn Mawr Avenue and Devon Avenue in the Chicago neighborhood of Sauganash. Two bridges allow for safe...
IL 1.1 mi Asphalt
Although just shy of three miles, the Veterans Memorial Trail provides a wooded, paved trail experience for residents in the Chicago suburbs of Romeoville, Lemont, and Woodridge. Those seeking a...
IL 2.7 mi Asphalt
The trail system in Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve makes a loop around the entire park. The preserve is geologically significant, featuring glacier-carved rock ridges, ravines and wetland potholes,...
IL 9.5 mi Crushed Stone, Grass
In just a few short miles, the Wauponsee Glacial Trail leaves the urban confines of Joliet to bask in open farmland and reclaimed tallgrass prairie where the bison roam again. Named for a glacial lake...
IL 22.3 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Although less than 1 mile long, the West Bank Walkway offers lovely views of the St. Joseph River in downtown South Bend. Midway, a converted railroad trestle over the waterway connects trail-goers to...
IN 0.6 mi Concrete

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Recent Trail Reviews

Vale Park West Pathway

Nice for a casual walk

March, 2020 by easto.matt77

This trail is paved and is fairly short for a bike trail. For the most part it is flat. This would be nice for a casual walk.

Salt Creek Trail (IL)

From Busse Woods

March, 2020 by unckledonn

After reading the reviews on the Salt Creek Greenway Trail (my home trail) I wanted to make a couple comments. All the reviews are fairly accurate but please take into consideration the time frame. There have been many damaged areas repaired, then new ones that need repair over the years. Several years back I tried a new rout and got lost where the trail meets the Illinois Prairie Path which added many extra miles to my trip. That’s when I got my first “smart” phone and used Google maps and Trail Links App, they compliment each other. Trail Links has many photos, descriptions, information, and a very accurate over view of the route. Google shows the details of the rout surfaces fairly accurate, including the small trails that spur off the main route and cause people like ME to get lost.

About me, I am a 74 year old recreational rider who’s been using the trail, from Wood Dale, for more than 10 years, 20 to 40 miles round trip @ 12mph average speed. My current ride (and the last 6 years) is a 1988 Schwinn World Sport hybrid. This year I bought a Schwinn Trailway Hybrid (for the suspension) due to some rough spots (damaged asphalt) on the trail that wasn’t there a couple years ago.

My contribution is: Heading south from Busse Woods Forest Preserve (Elk Grove Village) the trail is asphalt for approximately 150 yards past Lake Street (Addison IL) where it turns to what I call crushed stone until just before it joins the IL Prairie Path where it turns back to asphalt. (NOTE) The IL Prairie Path is crushed stone in both directions many miles from this point except where the Salt Creek Trail joins it to cross over Route 83 and continues on the other side south on the side streets several blocks before it meets the asphalt trail again.

Monterey Erie Trail

Nice trail. Hopefully it does connect to Erie trail out of North Judson one day. If it does it needs to stay one one side since HVRM owns right of way to Monterey. This be nice trail if both railroad and trail share same ground!

March, 2020 by secretary2

Nice trail. Hopefully it does connect to Erie trail out of North Judson one day. If it does it needs to stay one one side since HVRM owns right of way to Monterey. This be nice trail if both railroad and trail share same ground!

Accordion

Chicago Lakefront Trail

Long solo marathon.

March, 2020 by rgmashak

Due to cancellation to a lot of road races I was able to run my virtual solo race to complete my Marathon yesterday. I felt safe running along this trail. Some of the paths was barricaded due to hazzards water damage from the lake but tor the most part it was passable. Thank you so much for the experience.

Calumet Trail

Calumet trail

February, 2020 by hkroadhog

Not taken care of, tall weeds, mud puddles holes

Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail

Snow on the Trail

December, 2019 by kurthand83

Beautiful but cold ride with just a little snow on the trail and 22F. Saw a decent sized buck that ran in front of me down the trail for a mile. The trail is very well-maintained, at least the 15 miles I rode from Joliet.

Thorn Creek Trail

Turns and Trees

November, 2019 by kurthand83

Great trail! Well-paved without damage. Lots of trees and turns. Not boring and straight like many city trails. Thorn Creek travels through woods, meadows, and some suburbia. Watch your map so you don't end up going off on one of the many offshoots.

Salt Creek Trail (IL)

Brookfield Zoo

November, 2019 by JPinner4

The path between Bemis Woods in Western Springs to the Brookfield Zoo is great! Nicely paved and easy to ride. You have to cross a couple of busy streets, but most of them have traffic signals.

Des Plaines River Trail

Southern end of trail in TERRIBLE shape

November, 2019 by JPinner4

I started at the southern end in River Forest. The trail was a flooded mudpit despite the fact that it hasn't rained in ages, was covered in huge fallen tree branches, and just in overall disrepair. Then, just past Fullerton, the trail literally disappeared INTO the Des Plaines River, leaving you NO choice but to turn back around. You're literally no better off on this trail than you would be if you just started off randomly making your way through the forest.

Panhandle Pathway

Straight and Fast

October, 2019 by kurthand83

This was a very good trail with a paved surface in great condition with almost no bumps, etc. Also a very straight and level trail with almost no hills. My 44 mile ride was with 20+ mph cross wind, cold temperature, and rain but still enjoyable. I did not take time to visit the small towns but could have easily done so and it looked like there were many interesting things to do. You should be very cautious with the road crossings. If you are used to racing across it is almost impossible to see in each direction at busy road crossings. Worth the 1 1/2 hour drive for me to get there!

Lake George Trail

Nice Indiana trail...

October, 2019 by tradrrr

I like this trail. Indiana is doing nice things for bikers/runners recently. You do have to stop at street crossings, but when you make it to the Whiting lakefront, it's worth it. Beautiful. It also passes a minor league baseball stadium and the mascot HOF.

Chicago Lakefront Trail

update...

October, 2019 by tradrrr

I just wanted to update my review since the separation has (mostly) been completed. There are now 2 trails, one for biking and one for running. It definitely helps with the congestion. There are still some areas you need to pay attention to when the paths cross and you'll still come upon someone that is on the wrong path, but it's much better than it was.

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