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Length
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Blackberry Trail

1.5 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Burnham Greenway

5.3 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Cal-Sag Trail

13.8 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

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

Commonwealth Edison Bikeway

1.5 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Danada and Herrick Lake Regional Trail

5.8 mi
State: IL
Crushed Stone

DuPage River Trail

33.1 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Erie Lackawanna Trail

17.7 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Fox River Trail (IL)

44.6 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Grove Road Trail

3 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Hickory Creek Bikeway

3.7 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail

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

Iron Horse Heritage Trail

2.4 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

John Husar I&M Canal Trail

8.9 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Joliet Junction Trail

4.3 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Kankakee River Trail

10.6 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Lake George Trail

3.1 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Little Calumet River Levee Trail

6 mi
State: IN
Asphalt
Accordion

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

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

Oswego Prairie Trail

0.5 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Palos Heights Bike Trail

2 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Pennsy Greenway

7.9 mi
State: IL, IN
Asphalt

Prairie Duneland Trail

10.3 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Prairie Point Trail

2 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Rock Run Greenway Trail

12.3 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Salt Creek Trail (IL)

26.7 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Cinder, Woodchips

Southern Dupage County Regional Trail

46 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Tall Grass Greenway Trail

3.83 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

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

Veterans Memorial Trail

2.7 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Virgil L. Gilman Trail

11.4 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Waterfall Glen

9.5 mi
State: IL
Crushed Stone, Grass

Waubonsie Trail

3.2 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Wauponsee Glacial Trail

22.3 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Blackberry Trail follows a stretch of Blackberry Creek in Montgomery, Illinois. The trail is accessible from the forest preserve entrance at Caliendo Circle.  Heading north, the trail reaches Mayfield...
IL 1.5 mi Asphalt
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
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
The Chicago Lakefront Trail is aptly named; it spans 19 miles along the shore of Lake Michigan, going right through downtown Chicago and passing many cultural and tourist attractions throughout the...
IL 19 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Commonwealth Edison Bikeway is a short paved trail that occupies an overhead electric utility corridor owned by Commonwealth Edison, the local utility company—hence the trail's name. While lacking...
IL 1.5 mi Asphalt
This regional trail connects two of DuPage County's forest preserves—Herrick Lake and Danada—on a crushed stone pathway nearly 6 miles long. Together, the preserves cover more than 1,600 acres of...
IL 5.8 mi Crushed Stone
The DuPage River Trail spans nearly 30 miles across two counties: DuPage and Will. It's currently open in several disconnected segments mainly in parks and forest preserves beginning in Warrenville...
IL 33.1 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 the Fox River Trail (FRT) was built on stretches of three former railroads: Chicago, Aurora & Elgin;  Aurora, Elgin, & Fox River Electric; and Chicago & North Western. Today, it hosts a multitude...
IL 44.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Grove Road Trail parallels the local thoroughfare in the Village of Oswego, located near the southwestern edge of the Chicagoland metropolitan area. In the north, the trail begins on the east...
IL 3 mi Asphalt
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 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
The Joliet Junction Trail is a paved path that travels north–south through the west side of Joliet. It occupies an abandoned Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway corridor that in its last years was known...
IL 4.3 mi Asphalt
The Kankakee River Trail is fairly wooded and runs primarily through Kankakee River State Park. Walkers, bicyclists, and cross-country skiers can enjoy more than ten miles of trail along the north...
IL 10.6 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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
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
Accordion
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
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 Oswego Prairie Trail is a short paved route that occupies an overhead electric utility corridor owned by Commonwealth Edison. The path forms a direct link between two parks in Oswego—Farmington...
IL 0.5 mi Asphalt
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
The Pennsy Greenway is currently open in three segments between Calumet City, Illinois, and Schererville, Indiana. The northern portion begins at the southern end of the Burnham Greenway in Calumet...
IL, IN 7.9 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 Prairie Point Trail is a scenic neighborhood route that connects twice to the longer Grove Road Trail. While never far from houses, the trail offers surprising scenery, including a stretch along a...
IL 2 mi Asphalt
The popular Rock Run Greenway Trail is a balanced mix of natural areas and cityscapes that alternate over the length of the trail. The natural areas are frequented by recreational users. The...
IL 12.3 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
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 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 Tall Grass Greenway Trail is a trail that runs along the right of way for ComEd powerlines. The trail goes mainly through neighborhoods in south Naperville, and meets up with the south branch of...
IL 3.83 mi Asphalt
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
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 Virgil L. Gilman Trail travels from quiet forest and prairie lands to bustling neighborhoods in just 11 miles, linking a woodsy community college campus with the eastern Chicago suburb of...
IL 11.4 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
The Waubonsie Trail links Boulder Hill and the Village of Oswego via a greenway corridor within a residential community. The eastern trailhead is in Jaycee Park, which offers a playground, picnic...
IL 3.2 mi Asphalt
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

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Fox River Trail (IL)

Fox River Trail

July, 2019 by farrells3

We’ve only done Oswego to Geneva so far but I’m already so impressed. Beautiful well maintained trail. While it’s a great trail for getting a workout in you’ll be torn between it and stopping to take in the amazing scenery.

Chicago Lakefront Trail

A+

July, 2019 by ericevan

Simply put, it doesn't get any better than this in Illinois. Referred to as the Lake Michigan Trail, this one can be ridden along the lake for more than the advertised 19 miles. I've done every inch of this path numerous times and always look forward to coming back. The entire trail is cement or asphalt making it an easy mover. Wind can obviously play a role (yeah, go figure) as can traffic (many walk, peddle and run this trail). The sites...well...they are as you can imagine, limitless. There are an endless number of places to stop for a rest and an equal number of curiousities to pull over and check out. My favorite is north of Oak Street beach. After a good number of miles I like to pit stop here and jump into the lake to cool off. This isn't for everybody. : ) In all seriousness this path has so much to offer you might ride it 50 times before noticing something new.

Danada and Herrick Lake Regional Trail

Cool trail, a decent number of miles available

July, 2019 by ericevan

This trail started around the lake, then opened up to the back area making path available to Warrenville Road, Herrick Road and Naperville Road. While the Herrick lake area was always nice I especially enjoy the segment that heads over to Naperville Road and through Danada Farms and the nearby lake that ends at Butterfield Road. The area in the back of Herrick is just circular paths without frills, but they offer additional miles.

Accordion

Virgil L. Gilman Trail

Another Kane County classic

July, 2019 by ericevan

I usually pick up the VLG from the Fox River Trail just south of downtown Aurora and ride it west to it's endpoint at Waubonsee Community College. The path is mostly crushed limestone and canopied with great tree cover. It's usually in great shape although I've seen some water flooding in some areas during the spring. These were ridable through at slower speeds. The trail itself has plenty of pitstops with benchs/etc and cover. Along the way you'll see a few golf courses, Blackberry Farm and waterpark, the countryside, forested areas and finally the college. There are also several bridges, maybe a half dozen or so. The largest crosses over Route 56.

Fox River Trail (IL)

My 'Home' trail

July, 2019 by ericevan

I've been riding the FRT from Oswego to South Elgin for over 25 yrs. And there isn't a bad part. Traveling along a scenic river while riding from town to town will please all bikers of any age. The FRT is a string of majestic sites like a huge windmill, island parks, sculptures, Riverboats, picturesque river views, a slew of bike shops, plenty of parks and places to stop. The path runs on both sides of the river and for many stretches on both. The trail itself is always in impeccable condition and varies in traffic from bikers, joggers and walkers. This is one of the best trails in Illinois, if not the best.

Tall Grass Greenway Trail

Decent path, a lot of sun, a lot of wind

July, 2019 by ericevan

This path might also be called the wind tunnel path, or the power line path. Most of the Tall Grass Greenway travels under a large string of power lines so it's hard to stray. The trail itself is asphalt and very well kept up. Depending on the wind, the trail can present an unabated push or shove to your ride. I completed the trail round trip and felt both sides of it. The parts of trail I enjoyed most weren't actually part of the TGGT trail at all: the far east end where it becomes a path along the river is a very nice crushed limestone ride, and the far west side where it travels south to 111th St and along a very old cemetary on one side and train tracks on the other. This is a good, solid path, but I think the extension paths on both ends were better.
There are plenty of benches and areas to rest along the way.

Oak Savannah Trail

July 4th 19 ride.

July, 2019 by abn2nds

Very nicely marked trail. We had ridden the trail that connects at this starting point. Nice shade along the way, couple of nice bathrooms as well. Very scenic, passes over a lake and next to one. It connects to another trail at the end, Erie Lackawana. Will do that one next time.

Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail

Muddy muddy

July, 2019 by georgiadawne

Lasalle to Buffalo Rock Trail was a muddy mess. Might’ve worked with those big snow tires, but anything else wouldn’t have worked today. Trail is missing a bridge about 2 miles east of Utica Several trees down across the trail. The tree one-half mile west of Buffalo Rock was completely covered with poison ivy, AND had a hornets nest in it. Several other riders told us they had been stung multiple times. On a dryer day, it might’ve gone better. Bring your bug spray!

Wauponsee Glacial Trail

Joliet south

July, 2019 by kylemarsden

Wanted to try a new trail this year, for as remote this trail is it's well kept, several street crossings with low traffic volume. Some open areas that could make the ride hot depending on the temps or hard depending on wind speed and direction, bring plenty of water the farther south you go the fewer stops with water supplies there are. overall nice trail

Chicago Lakefront Trail

A sight to see!

July, 2019 by kc9qqm

I have road most of this trail twice now, one as part of the LATE ride which the last one was in 2016, riding down the lakefront seeing the sun rise was fantastic! It was so good I went back (a 150 mile drive for me) again to just ride it from end to end.

Part of it needs better signage as around some of the marinas it was confusing but over all it was great. Seeing all the high rises on one side and Lake Michigan on the other sets it above a lot of other trails I have ridden.

I look forward to getting back up there in the next year or 2 to ride again.

Erie Lackawanna Trail

A diverse trail through several neighborhoods

June, 2019 by conniegs

My stepmom lives in Crown Point and five miles from the southern terminus off Summit Road. I've done parts of the southern and middle section several times, and in June 2019 walked the entire trail over several days with my dog Zeke. What a wonderful trail.

The trail is paved the entire way. Every town it passes through is responsible for upkeep, and all towns are maintaining it well. The Hammond section had the most bumps in the trail from the many tall tree roots nearby. The Griffith-Highland section is the prettiest, with art, landscaping and dedicated trees along the way. Here you can stop and walk into nearby businesses for food and even craft beer. Nearby breweries one can walk to are 18th Street Brewery in Hammond, New Oberpfalz and Pokros in Griffith.

You do have many street crossings that are named and marked with yellow. There are two pedestrian overpasses in Hammond. The overpass north of Kenwood Avenue, though, is currently in repair and the trail detours for .4 miles around the construction, so be aware of that.

The only part I didn't like was the gritty area between 165th and 169th Streets in Hammond. It's loud and stinky there, but the north and south end of the Hammond stretch were nicer than expected.

There is plenty of parking all throughout the trail south of Hammond. In Hammond the parking is next the the Lake County courthouse parking lot which is patrolled 24.7.

There are no streetlights along the trail. The trail officially closes at 10pm but I suggest you get off the trail before dark because the rural sections get very dark.

There are no bathrooms along this entire trail. You have benches and water fountains south of Hammond.

Salt Creek Trail (IL)

jps

June, 2019 by jbscinto

I love this trail but a few tings to note. Be wary of walking or biking this trail after heavy torrential rainstorms, especially in the springtime, as it obviously parallels salt creek, hence the name. Several areas flood along the route.

As others have stated, it is confusing to get on this "trail" when starting from Busse Woods. You have to start at the Busse Woods entrance/exit at Arlington Heights Rd. cross the street and zig zag over to Ridge St. Ridge St. is the "trail" through Elk Grove and through the industrial Park in Wood Dale before finally hitting the gravel path and then eventually asphalt.

Good occasional views of deer and geese are common around the ponds in Addison.

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