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Illinois Prairie Path

From Aurora to Wheaton - By Horse (2 days)

October, 2021 by megangray226

What an amazing experience Hope and I had! Was able to jump off the trail and be hosted at a nearby barn mid-way back to homebase (my Barn in Carol Stream) located ON the path. Awesome scenery rolling by and big thank you to the cyclists who were so kind to my horses as they went on their merry way. I recommend this to anyone. My horse wears a diaper bag to take care of any piles for consideration of other users. Truly a joyful experience that took two days travel. This is the second time I have done this by horse. The portion from Carol Stream to Villa park is equally horse friendly (I did that stretch under saddle) and is one days ride there and back to my home base. I can't thank the RTT enough for this amazing system in our area that makes horse travel amazing and feel like I'm in the middle of serenity...with urban amenities close at hand. http://buffalomoonexpedition.blogspot.com. Tomorrow we continue up to South Elgin and I'll be back to review that section when we complete it in about another 4 days travel time.

Illinois Prairie Path

Lovely ride.

October, 2021 by jayhawk1013

I started in Wheaton and rode to South Elgin, and it turned out to be the longest bike ride I have ever taken at 14.4 miles one way! It is a very easy ride and the elevation changes are for the most part subtle. The trail itself is by my standard very well maintained, and it was nice to ride on around 3 miles of paved trail after crossing Stearns/ Route 25. If you like to be alone, there are long LONG stretches of just you and the path. With that in mind, it would be advisable to carry a bicycle pump or tire patches. Be observant of horse apples and in the Autumn, walnuts. My goodness, there is a lot walnut trees lining that path.

Centennial Trail (IL)

Well maintained, peaceful, flat, great trail

October, 2021 by t5tbgbp52s

Perfect weather. Not crowded, but it was a Thursday. Nice trail. Will ride again.

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Waterfall Glen

It’s a nice loop for a morning ride

September, 2021 by dtxzhzypbc

I won’t repeat all of the good reviewers before me, but will emphasize that if you are biking the trail that you should get there early before it gets really busy. The loop makes for a good 1 hour ride and a wonderful place to take your dog, family and friends for a stroll. Enjoy!

Hennepin Canal Parkway

disappointed in condition of trail

September, 2021 by campsnoopy3690

We started at the Visitor Center, (very close to Interstate 80); headed west till we came to the feeder basin and headed north for 4 miles, turned around (due to poor conditions) and went back to the feeder basin to continue west for another 4 miles, then headed back to the visitor center. Total round trip around 27 miles.
We are not from the area and were looking to break up a long car drive, this seemed like the perfect location. I must say the scenery is beautiful, we saw many wild animals, biked thru a patch of grasshoppers (hundreds of them), saw beautiful herons, a long nosed fish and a flock of wild turkeys - stunning!
But as for the path, well I could not tell any paved stretches. Most was light soft gravel or overgrown tire tracks, but the worst part was how overgrown the side brush was, covering 1/2 to 3/4 of the path, especially in the northern section. I was hit by so many branches (we were there in late August, it didn't look like any mowing or trimming had been done all summer). Between that and having to watch for obstructions in the path, it was not very enjoyable. To me the path was very "bumpy" and trying even a pace of 10 - 12 miles an hour was tough.
If you're out for a leisurely stroll, this may be a good path, but the section we rode needs maintenance. And it was very disappointing when we arrived at the Visitor Center on a Monday afternoon, for it to be all closed up, no maps, no bathrooms. The one bathroom we stopped at on the northern section was a mess.
This path has potential, it's a shame it seemed to me no one maintains it.

Virgil L. Gilman Trail

This is not a road bike trail

September, 2021 by dtxzhzypbc

This is a solid low pressure multi-use trail that is in good shape. It provides the rider with some Urban, Suburban, Industrial and Country scenery. There are numerous parking lots for easy access to the trail. You will enjoy riding past golf courses, wetlands, BlackBerry Farm and taking a lap around the Waubonsee Valley Community College Campus. There are a number of roads to cross on the east side of the Fox river, so heading to the West provides a more relaxing experience. The bottom line is that if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the River Trails to the North, throw your bikes on your rack and enjoy the fall colors on the V.L. Gilman trail!

Fermilab Trail

still closed

September, 2021 by ken52755

Still closed due to Covid-19. Kind of foolish

Waterfall Glen

Fantastic workout trail !!!

September, 2021 by rajbms

Nice trail and very good for a decent workout. Lots of up and down hills. Noticed a trekking path as well (need to explore next time). Deers crossing the road and the curling paths. Really good trail. ¿¿¿ Be careful in the curves though, might just be slippery if you are coming down without control.

Great Western Trail (IL)

Another Great Ride!

September, 2021 by bazjkm2

09/01/2021 - Excellent trail. Beautiful September day for a ride. This is a well maintained trail perfect for road or mountain bikes. Rode from Sycamore trail head to the St. Charles ( LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve) head and back. I can highly recommend to any biker looking for a great ride. And a special thanks to the gentleman who joined me spontaneously for part of the way. Good conversation always makes the miles go fast.

Lake Renwick Bikeway

Short and goes nowhere

August, 2021 by drcallegari

Plainfield, IL has the worst paths. They are all short and go nowhere.

Waterfall Glen

Super hilly but still beautiful

August, 2021 by brittany27

The hills were so steep that you'd have to brake several times going downhill just to prepare for the quick turn up ahead. We had to do this atleast once per mile, and it was stressful. However, I did enjoy the workout the hills provided, but you need to be in good shape to do them otherwise you made need to walk the bike uphill a few times like my dad did. You also have to cross two busy highway roads. It is partially shady; we went on a hot sunny day thinking it would be shady the whole time but it was not so be sure to wear sunscreen. Now for the positives, good workout if you are in shape, beautiful scenery with lots of changing outlooks like marshes to prairies, plenty of benches to stop at, and of course the waterfall. Overall, I am glad we went. But being 40 minutes away means we probably won't be returning, atleast not for the biking. Would cautiously recommend it.

Centennial Trail (IL)

Nice smooth ride

August, 2021 by bobbimedina18

Wish you could see more of the river as you ride, but nice, smooth trail, not very crowded.

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