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Length
Surfaces
Type

Arches Rail Trail

2.2 mi
State: IL
Dirt, Grass

Bauer Memorial Path

1.3 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Baumann Park Recreation Path

1.25 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Benld-Gillespie Bike Trail

1.4 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Bloomingdale Trail (The 606)

2.7 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Concrete
Accordion

Buffalo Creek Trail

3.2 mi
State: IL
Crushed Stone

Bunn to Lost Bridge Trail

1.5 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Concrete

Burnham Greenway

5.3 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Busse Woods Trail

11.2 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Cal-Sag Trail

10 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Carlyle Lake Bike Trail

10.3 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Concrete

Centennial Trail (IL)

13 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Chain O' Lakes Bike Path

3.2 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Charles Street Community Path

2.6 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Chicago Lakefront Trail

18.5 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Concrete

Commonwealth Edison Bikeway

1.5 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Conservation District Trail

2.3 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Constitution Trail

36.4 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Danada and Herrick Lake Regional Trail

5.8 mi
State: IL
Crushed Stone

DeKalb Nature Trail

1.6 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

DeKalb-Sycamore Trail

6.6 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Deer Grove Trail

3.9 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Delyte W. Morris Trail

2.4 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Des Plaines River Trail

54.8 mi
State: IL
Crushed Stone

Dorr Road Bike Path

2.7 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

DuPage River Trail

29.5 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Eagle Points Trail

7.2 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

East Northbrook Trail

1.1 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Effingham TREC

3 mi
State: IL
Concrete

El Paseo

0.1 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

El Paso Walking Trail (IL)

2.8 mi
State: IL
Crushed Stone

Eldorado Bicycle and Walking Path

2.2 mi
State: IL
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Equality to Glen O. Jones Lake Bike Trail

5.6 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Fairview Park Trail

1.7 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Fermilab Trail

5.8 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Concrete

Four Sisters Bike Path

4.3 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Fox River Trail (IL)

43 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Galena River Trail

4.5 mi
State: IL
Crushed Stone

General Dacey Trail

6 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

George Rogers Clark Discovery Trail

3.9 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Concrete

Grant Woods Bike Path

5.9 mi
State: IL
Crushed Stone

Great River Trail

60 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Great Western Trail (DuPage County)

12 mi
State: IL
Crushed Stone

Great Western Trail (IL)

17 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Green Bay Trail

8.9 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Green Diamond Rail-Trail

4.3 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Greenbelt Bikeway

1.7 mi
State: IL
Concrete

Grove Road Trail

3 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

H.U.M. Trail

3.5 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Harlem Township Bike Path

1.6 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Harrison Avenue/Mulford Road Bike Path

3.5 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Concrete

Hebron Trail

6.4 mi
State: IL
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Hennepin Canal Parkway

104.5 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Hesse Trail

0.7 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Hickory Creek Bikeway

3.7 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Hononegah Recreation Path

3.2 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail

77.4 mi
State: IL
Crushed Stone, Grass, Gravel

Illinois Prairie Path

61 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Interurban Trail (IL)

8.8 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Jane Addams Trail

14.8 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Joe Stengel Trail

7.9 mi
State: IL
Ballast, Grass, Gravel

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

Kinstone Recreational Path

0.6 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Kishwaukee River Recreation Path

2.5 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Kishwaukee Riverfront Path

6.9 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Kishwaukee-Kiwanis Trail

4.5 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Kiwanis Park/West Side Trail

1.5 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Lake of the Woods Path

3.3 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Leland Path

2 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Lincoln Park Trail

0.9 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail

12.9 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Lincoln Prairie Trail

14.8 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Long Prairie Trail

14.4 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Lost Bridge Trail

5.6 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Lowell Parkway Trail

3.5 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Lynn Boulevard/Westwood Trail

3.7 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Madison County Transit Goshen Trail

8.5 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Madison County Transit Nature Trail

14.4 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Madison County Transit Nickel Plate Trail

21.6 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Madison County Transit Quercus Grove Trail

18.4 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Mahomet Village Bike Trail

1.5 mi
State: IL
Concrete

Main Street Bike Path

1.2 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Major Taylor Trail

7.5 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

McKinley Bridge Bikeway

1.2 mi
State: IL, MO
Concrete

Mel Anderson Memorial Path

2.7 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Metro-East Levee Trail

7.6 mi
State: IL
Gravel

MetroBikeLink Trail

6.9 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Millennium Trail

28.5 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Mitchell Road Path

0.6 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Moraine Hills State Park Trail

11.4 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

North Branch Riverwalk

0.6 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

North Branch Trail

20 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

North Shore Bike Path

7.7 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

North Shore Channel Trail

6.7 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt

O'Malley's Alley Trail

0.5 mi
State: IL
Concrete

Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

1 mi
State: IL, MO
Concrete

Old Plank Road Trail

20.2 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Oregon Park East Bike Path

0.25 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Orland Park Bikeway

6.7 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Concrete

Oswego Prairie Trail

0.5 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Ottawa Riverwalk

0.9 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Palatine Trail

9.6 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Concrete

Palos Heights Bike Trail

2 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Pecatonica Prairie Trail

12.5 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Pekin Park Bike Trail

4.3 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Pennsy Greenway

7.9 mi
State: IL, IN
Asphalt

Perryville Path

6.7 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Phyllis Harmon Path

1.1 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Poplar Creek Trail

9.5 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Prairie Point Trail

2 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Prairie Trail (IL)

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

Prospect Heights Bike Path

4.2 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Puri Path

2.4 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Randall Road Bike Path

3.9 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Rend Lake Bike Trail

20.6 mi
State: IL
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Richland Creek Greenway Trail

3.8 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Ridgefield Trace

3 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Riverside Recreational Path

0.63 mi
State: IL
Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Robert McClory Bike Path

26.5 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Rock Island Trail (IL)

37.6 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Rock River Recreation Path

10 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Rock Run Greenway Trail

12.3 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Rock Valley College Path

2.2 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Rockton Main Street Path

0.8 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Rote Road Multi-Use Path

0.8 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Saelens Park Trail

1 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Salt Creek Trail (IL)

26.7 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Cinder, Woodchips

Sangamon River Trail

1.2 mi
State: IL
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Sangamon Valley Trail

5.5 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Skokie Valley Trail (Lake County)

9.8 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Stevens Creek Bikeway

4 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Stone Bridge Trail

5.8 mi
State: IL
Crushed Stone

Stone Mill Trail

1.5 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Swanson Park Recreation Path

2.4 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Techny Trail

3 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Concrete

Thorn Creek Trail

17.2 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Tinley Creek Trail (North)

18.8 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Tinley Creek Trail (South)

3.6 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Tunnel Hill State Trail

55.6 mi
State: IL
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Valley Line Trail

1.1 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Veterans Memorial Trail

1.5 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Village of Rantoul Trail

8 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Virgil L. Gilman Trail

11.5 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Wabash Trail

2.1 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

Williamson Parkway Bike Path

1 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Willow Creek Path

2.6 mi
State: IL
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Opened in the Fall of 2012, Arches Rail Trail continues to be improved by an active local support group. It lies between Butler and Hillsboro, Illinois, along a section of an old 1850s route that stretched ...
IL 2.2 mi Dirt, Grass
The Bauer Memorial Path provides a short route through residential and commercial areas of Machesney Park, a northern suburb of Rockford. The trail begins at the Harlem Community Center and travels in ...
IL 1.3 mi Asphalt
Baumann Park is adjacent to the Kishwaukee River in Cherry Valley, a community on the outskirts of Rockford in northern Illinois. A paved pathway runs through the park and loops around Baumann Park Lake. ...
IL 1.25 mi Asphalt
The Benld-Gillespie Bike Trail is part of two developing Illinois initiatives: the Route 66 Trail from Chicago to St. Louis, loosely following the historic highway; and the Illinois Traction System (ITS) ...
IL 1.4 mi Asphalt
The Bloomingdale Trail, part of “The 606” park system, is a 2.7-mile, elevated rail-trail on Chicago’s northwest side. Built on a former rail line, the trail sits nearly 20 feet above four of the city’s ...
IL 2.7 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Buffalo Creek Trail makes a loop around the scenic Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve in Long Grove. The crushed-gravel trail provides access to facilities throughout the park. Along the way, you’ll ...
IL 3.2 mi Crushed Stone
This trail is an extension of the Lost Bridge Trail that goes from Springfield to Rochester. From its western terminus, the first half mile is a heavily wooded section of urban rail-trail. It has a bridge ...
IL 1.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Accordion
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 sections, ...
IL 5.3 mi Asphalt
The Busse Woods Trail system is located within Ned Brown Forest Preserve, a 3,700-acre property in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago. There are 11.2 miles of paved trails for cyclists, equestrians and ...
IL 11.2 mi Asphalt
The Cal-Sag Trail (or, Calumet-Sag Trail) is currently under active construction. As of August 2015, it has a competed section of about 10 miles, stretching from near its eventual western terminus to Ridgeland ...
IL 10 mi Asphalt
The Carlyle Lake Bike Trail is located in one of Southwest Illinois's most popular recreational areas, just 50 miles east of St. Louis, Missouri—not far from that area's abundance of great trails, as well. ...
IL 10.3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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 Des ...
IL 13 mi Asphalt
The Chain O' Lakes Bike Path is a paved trail that runs between E. Grand Avenue in Fox Lake and Grant Woods Forest Preserve to the east. The trail parallels the railroad track and Rollins Road/CR 31, passing ...
IL 3.2 mi Asphalt
The Charles Street Community Path offers a neighborhood route through southeastern Rockford, connecting residents to CherryVale Mall on its eastern end. On its western end, Alpine Park is just north of ...
IL 2.6 mi Asphalt
Located east of Lakeshore Drive, the Chicago Lakefront Trail is an 18.5-mile linear park along Lake Michigan that includes beaches, volleyball courts, playgrounds, baseball diamonds, tennis courts and ...
IL 18.5 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
North of the Sangamon River crossing, the Conservation District Trail closely follows Stevens Creek through a flat and dense wetlands forest on the west end of Decatur. South of the river, the trail ascends ...
IL 2.3 mi Asphalt
The Constitution Trail is so named because it was dedicated on the 200th birthday of the U.S. Constitution, September 17, 1987. The first and main north-south section of the trail was built along an abandoned ...
IL 36.4 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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 scenic ...
IL 5.8 mi Crushed Stone
The DeKalb Nature Trail provides a pleasant, tree-lined route in northern DeKalb. Near its western trailhead, it crosses the Kishwaukee River and passes through the Nehring Forest Preserve. Further on, ...
IL 1.6 mi Asphalt
The DeKalb-Sycamore Trail—also known as the Peace Road Trail—parallels the eastern side of Peace Road from DeKalb to Sycamore in northern Illinois. Along the way, you'll pass a mixture of residential neighborhoods, ...
IL 6.6 mi Asphalt
The Deer Grove Trail is one of several great Chicagoland trails located in properties of the Forest Preserve of Cook County. Deer Grove is the oldest of all the Cook County preserves. It's comprised of ...
IL 3.9 mi Asphalt
The Delyte W. Morris Trail lies entirely on the campus of Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (SIUE). It is named for the university's president at the Carbondale campus in the 1960s who helped ...
IL 2.4 mi Asphalt
The Des Plaines River Trail and Greenway traverses north–south along the route of its namesake river along its course through both Lake and Cook counties. The corridor protects 85% of the riverine habitat ...
IL 54.8 mi Crushed Stone
The Dorr Road Bike Path begins at South Beloit Municipal Park and parallels the roadway for its entire length. The views are primarily residential. After about three-quarters of a mile (from the northern ...
IL 2.7 mi Asphalt
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 and ...
IL 29.5 mi Asphalt
Caution: While construction continues on the new I-270 bridge over the Mississippi River, be alert for trail restrictions or closings north of the parking lot access. The trail will remain open from the ...
IL 7.2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The East Northbrook Trail is a 1-mile route through a wooded corridor adjacent to an out-of-service rail corridor in the Village of Northbrook. The trail provides access to residential neighborhoods, office ...
IL 1.1 mi Asphalt
Monticello is a small, central Illinois town steeped in a railroad history it still celebrates. Its Chamber of Commerce has offices and special activities in the historic downtown Train Depot. And it has ...
IL 1 mi Asphalt
The first portion of the TREC (Trail Recreation Effingham County) system, totaling approximately 3 miles, is complete, although eventually 30 miles of county-wide bicycling and walking trails will be developed. ...
IL 3 mi 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 various ...
IL 0.1 mi Asphalt
The El Paso Walking Trail runs along part of an old railroad right-of-way through the town of El Paso, beginning at the city park on the south side of town and ending at a creek north of town among cultivated ...
IL 2.8 mi Crushed Stone
The City of Eldorado Bicycle and Walking Path is an excellent example of trails as linear parks. The City of Eldorado and the Eldorado Garden Study Club both work to keep the landscaped trailway and its ...
IL 2.2 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Equality to Glen O. Jones Lake Bike Trail traverses an area where salt mining figured much in its early history. So did the Ohio River, which lies just 12 miles to the east, down the Saline River. ...
IL 5.6 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Fairview Park Trail, in western Decatur, traverses the large and beautiful Fairview Park and connects (via roadway) to the park's various attractions: an aquatic center, lake, gardens, pavilions, tennis ...
IL 1.7 mi Asphalt
The Fermilab Trail garners its name by running though the campus of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), the former home of the Tevatron particle accelerator. The 3.9-mile particle accelerator, ...
IL 5.8 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Four Sisters Bike Path forms a horseshoe around the northern end of Rochelle, a small city south of Rockford in northern Illinois. The path connects several schools and parks, and the city has marked ...
IL 4.3 mi Asphalt
The Fox River Trail features 43 miles of spectacular biking, hiking and cross-country skiing along the scenic Fox River. The paved path can be challenging at times, but the extra pedal pushing is rewarded ...
IL 43 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Galena River Trail is built upon an old railroad spur of the Burlington Railroad main line, constructed in 1886. The spur linked Galena to Galena Junction, where the main railroad line—still active—follows ...
IL 4.5 mi Crushed Stone
The General Dacey Trail, which first opened in 2006, is a beautiful and richly varied trail located between the city of Shelbyville to the west and large Lake Shelbyville to the east. Its surface is oil ...
IL 6 mi Asphalt
The George Rogers Clark Discovery Trail has a name from the history books, and it runs entirely through Fort Massac State Park—Illinois’ first State Park, now over 100 years old—with its recreated fort ...
IL 3.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Glen Carbon Heritage Bike Trail is part of a trail network spanning more than 100 miles managed by Madison County Transit (MCT), which also runs busses equipped with bike racks for passenger convenience. ...
IL 11 mi Asphalt, Gravel
About an hour northwest of Chicago, the beautiful Grant Woods Forest Preserve spans more than 1,000 acres, offering an outdoor respite of prairie, woodlands and marshes. The crushed limestone pathway runs ...
IL 5.9 mi Crushed Stone
The Great River Trail is a breathtaking journey along 60 miles of the Mississippi River. The route is a mixture of paved rail-trail, small-town sidewalks, dedicated bike lanes on the street and a stretch ...
IL 60 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The eastern segment of the Great Western Trail in Illinois follows 12 miles of an abandoned railway corridor through DuPage County, between Villa Park and West Chicago. There are plans to extend the eastern ...
IL 12 mi Crushed Stone
The western segment of the Great Western Trail in Illinois follows 17 miles of an abandoned railway corridor through DeKalb and Kane counties, between LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve and the town of Sycamore. ...
IL 17 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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 Lake ...
IL 8.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
Dedicated on August 5, 2000, the Green Diamond Rail-Trail was the first bicycling/pedestrian trail in Montgomery County. Partially funded by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the trail is the ...
IL 4.3 mi Asphalt
The backbone of the Greenbelt Bikeway runs north–south along Copper Slough, passing through two large city parks divided by W. Bradley Avenue. In Dodds Park to the north, there is a spur west through soccer ...
IL 1.7 mi Concrete
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 side ...
IL 3 mi Asphalt
The H.U.M. Trail (a.k.a. the Huntley-Union-Marengo Trail) was planned to link all three of its namesake northern Illinois towns, but so far only connects Marengo and Union. Interestingly, the rail-trail ...
IL 3.5 mi Asphalt
The Harlem Township Bike Path lies not far from the Rock River in western Machesney Park in the Rockford metropolitan area. The trail consists of a lower (southwest) and an upper (northeast) loop in the ...
IL 1.6 mi Asphalt
In southeastern Rockford, a paved pathway begins at a connection with the Charles Street Community Path then heads south along Mulford Road through a residential area. At Harrison Avenue, the path travels ...
IL 3.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Open to runners, walkers, bikers and equestrians, the rustic and rural Hebron Trail provides the perfect nature escape. The trail does include a very small section of road that crosses an active rail line, ...
IL 6.4 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
The Hennepin Canal Parkway, administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources as a state park, follows an old towpath along a canal opened in 1907 and quickly abandoned due to competition from ...
IL 104.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Hesse Trail connects two neighborhoods and a park in the city of O'Fallon with plans to extend and connect it to other trails in the large Metro-East area. It is a short, completely tree-covered rail-trail, ...
IL 0.7 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 other ...
IL 3.7 mi Asphalt
The Hononegah Recreation Path begins near the State Route 2 bridge over the Rock River in Rockton, a small town about 4 miles south of the Illinois–Wisconsin border. The paved trail follows Hononegah Road ...
IL 3.2 mi Asphalt
The Illinois & Michigan Canal provided the final link in the water route from the east coast to the Gulf of Mexico by connecting Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River via the Illinois River. Today, the ...
IL 77.4 mi Crushed Stone, Grass, Gravel
The Illinois Prairie Path (IPP) is one of the country's first rail-trail conversions. It consists of five connected trail segments with three main branches that converge at Volunteer Park in Wheaton. The ...
IL 61 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The paved Interurban Trail, which travels north more than 8 miles from Chatham to the Illinois state capital of Springfield along the old interurban electric rail line, provides a pleasant mix of suburban ...
IL 8.8 mi Asphalt
Stretching north from Freeport, Illinois, to the Wisconsin state line, the Jane Addams Trail is a natural wonder. Expect to see birds and wild animals-from exotic aerial hunters, such as owls and hawks, ...
IL 14.8 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Joe Stengel Trail follows an old railroad corridor for 7 miles between the town of Polo and the much smaller community of Woosung. The trail corridor traces farm country along a route scattered with ...
IL 7.9 mi Ballast, Grass, Gravel
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 bank ...
IL 10.6 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
From Main Street and Elevator Road in Roscoe, the scenic Kinstone Recreational Path winds its way northeast through woodlands along the north branch of Kinnikinnick Creek to the Stone Bridge Trail. Alternatively, ...
IL 0.6 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel
The Kishwaukee River Recreation Path runs for 2.5 miles in Cherry Valley on the outskirts of Rockford in northern Illinois. The well-maintained, asphalt trail connects the Kishwaukee River Forest Preserve ...
IL 2.5 mi Asphalt
The Kishwaukee Riverfront Path winds nearly 7 miles through downtown Belvidere, east of Rockford in northern Illinois. As its name implies, the paved scenic trail follows the waterway for most of its journey ...
IL 6.9 mi Asphalt
The Kishwaukee-Kiwanis Trail winds through the northern Illinois town of DeKalb, coursing along a river, through woodlands, among open spaces through parks and through suburban back yards. The trail passes ...
IL 4.5 mi Asphalt
Except for short-distance walkers, the principal attraction of the Kiwanis Park/West Side Trail is its connection to the other parts of Decatur's trail system. From its western terminus, one can access ...
IL 1.5 mi Asphalt
This trail through the Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve shows off Central Illinois' great natural beauty. Starting from the west, the trail meanders through a wonderfully restored prairie. It passes by ...
IL 3.3 mi Asphalt
Although a relatively short trail, the Leland Path provides an important connection between the Hononegah Recreation Path and the Stone Bridge Trail. The pleasant, tree-dotted pathway travels through residential ...
IL 2 mi Asphalt
The Lincoln Park Trail runs along the wooded north banks of the Sangamon River. It's mostly flat with a few low hills. Visible from the trail are Decatur's Lincoln Park, some classic old neighborhoods ...
IL 0.9 mi Asphalt
The Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail runs 12 miles, much of the way along an old railroad right-of-way between County Highway 2 east of Charleston and the ball fields at 10th Street in Mattoon; an additional ...
IL 12.9 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Lincoln Prairie Trail runs between County Road 12 at State Route 29 west of Pana and Paw Paw Street in Taylorville. The trail parallels SR 29 for nearly the entire route. Built upon an abandoned rail ...
IL 14.8 mi Asphalt
The Long Prairie Trail began life as a section of the Kenosha Division Rail Line in the 1850s, when most small communities in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin were serviced by the crisscrossing ...
IL 14.4 mi Asphalt
The Lost Bridge Trail, jointly managed by the Springfield Park District and the village of Rochester, is one of the area's earliest and most popular multiuse trails-even for locals taking a weekday break ...
IL 5.6 mi Asphalt
The Lowell Parkway Trail runs through the charming town of Dixon, Illinois, boyhood home of Ronald Reagan. The trail occupies the rail bed of the old Illinois Central Railroad, between Lowell Park and ...
IL 3.5 mi Asphalt
The trail user can be transported from the bustling Westwood Fitness and Sports Center to a beautiful wooded trail that offers Elkhorn Creek on the far outer loop of the trail, a shelter at the top of ...
IL 3.7 mi Asphalt
The MCT Bluff Trail is the shortest trail in the Madison County network, but it highlights a feature of regional topography which can be evidenced on several other trails. The American Bottom is a wide ...
IL 2 mi Asphalt
Caution: Trail closures are occurring in two areas along the southern half of this trail: 1) near the construction site of the new I-270 bridge over the Mississippi River, and 2) at the construction site ...
IL 18.7 mi Asphalt
The Madison County Transit (MCT) Goshen Trail is a namesake of the old Goshen Road that was built in 1808 to supply salt to the first permanent settlers of Madison County. The modern bike trail crosses ...
IL 8.5 mi Asphalt
The Madison County Transit (MCT) Nature Trail goes through richly varied surroundings of city, farm and wood. In the west, it begins at beautiful Wilson Park in Granite City. From there, it makes its way ...
IL 14.4 mi Asphalt
The Madison County Transit (MCT) Nickel Plate Trail is the longest of the county’s trails and perhaps the most diverse in its offerings. On the west, it begins at a junction with the MCT Nature Trail, ...
IL 21.6 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The MCT Quercus Grove Trail begins in Edwardsville at its junction with the MCT Nickel Plate Trail. It begins on city sidewalks and alleys near Edwardsville's historic downtown area and very quickly loses ...
IL 18.4 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Madison County Transit (MCT) Schoolhouse Trail is part of the Transit District's system of more than 100 miles of urban and suburban trails—many of which are former railroad corridors, all of which ...
IL 15.9 mi Asphalt
The Madison Count Transit (MCT) Watershed Trail is all about trains, bridges and waterways. It follows an abandoned rail corridor built in 1868, the first to serve the city of Edwardsville, itself the ...
IL 5.1 mi Asphalt
The Mahomet Village Bike Trail offers a paved route paralleling East Oak Street/Route 150 on Mahomet's east side. The pathway begins at South East Street, just a block from Sangamon Elementary School, ...
IL 1.5 mi Concrete
In the Village of Roscoe, a paved path of just over a mile parallels Main Street (which becomes Frontage Road) and then continues along the south side of McDonald Road, a quiet residential street. Near ...
IL 1.2 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 world ...
IL 7.5 mi Asphalt
The McKinley Bridge has a long and storied past. In 1910, it opened to both railroad and vehicular traffic. Railroad tracks ran through the strong center portion of the bridge under the trusses, and vehicles ...
IL, MO 1.2 mi Concrete
The Mel Anderson Memorial Path, named for a long-serving alderman of the Seventh Ward, stretches nearly 3 miles, connecting Lockwood Park, Searls Park, Bressler Park and Talcott-Page Park. Mid-way, the ...
IL 2.7 mi Asphalt
The Metro-East Levee Trail offers a semicircle route around Cahokia, which lies south of St. Louis and east of the Mississippi River. It parallels a canal and sits atop a levee that is 30 feet high at ...
IL 7.6 mi Gravel
This trail gets its name from the MetroLink Red Line train track it parallels through eastern Belleville and (briefly) the village of Swansea. It is a classic rail-with-trail configuration, where train ...
IL 6.9 mi Asphalt
The Millennium Trail is a planned 35-mile route through Chicago’s northern suburbs that will connect communities and forest preserves in northwestern Lake County. Currently, 28.5 miles of this regional ...
IL 28.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
This path runs along Mitchell Road, starting in Machesney Park. The trail heads north and then travels east where it terminates at Sunny Meadow Drive outside of Russ Park. This short path is just outside ...
IL 0.6 mi Asphalt
Moraine Hills State Park Trail offers a wonderful experience for any geology or nature aficionado. A moraine is an accumulation of earth and stones carried and finally deposited by a glacier. Throughout ...
IL 11.4 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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 beautiful North Branch Trail is named for the North Branch of the Chicago River, along which it winds. At its northern end, the trail begins at the south end of the Chicago Botanic Garden and continues ...
IL 20 mi Asphalt
The North Shore Bike Path runs for nearly 8 miles between Lake Bluff and Mundelein, paralleling State Route 176 for the path's entire length. The trail is one of dozens in the Chicagoland area, all of ...
IL 7.7 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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 last ...
IL 6.7 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt
O'Malley's Alley is a paved, half-mile trail through a residential area south of Kaufman Lake on the western end of Champaign. On Kenwood Road (at the eastern end of the trail), you can head south on the ...
IL 0.5 mi Concrete
The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge was part of the renowned Route 66 and crosses a scenic stretch of the Mississippi River. It links two states—Illinois and Missouri—north of St. Louis. The bridge is short ...
IL, MO 1 mi Concrete
The 20-mile Old Plank Road Trail travels over the original Michigan Central Rail Road (MCRR) line, a railroad started about 1850 that ran from Lake Station in East Gary to Joliet. The rail was nicknamed ...
IL 20.2 mi Asphalt
Oregon Park East Bike Path is nestled along the east bank of the Rock River in the small town of Oregon in northern Illinois. The 23-acre park offers athletic facilities, restrooms, grills, and picnic ...
IL 0.25 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 offers ...
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 Lakes ...
IL 0.5 mi Asphalt
The Ottawa Riverwalk begins downtown and heads northeast along the Fox River. In addition to offering beautiful views of the waterway, there are also boat launches and fishing spots along the way. On ...
IL 0.9 mi Asphalt
The village of Palatine has connected many of its community assets with two long sections of off-road, multi-use trail. The more popular northern section is the one most references call simply and exclusively ...
IL 9.6 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 trails. On ...
IL 2 mi Asphalt
The Paul Douglas and Crabtree Preserve Trail System connects two large nature preserves in northwestern Cook County. The trail begins at the Old Stover Trailhead in the Crabtree Preserve, near the Nature ...
IL 9.2 mi Asphalt
The Pecatonica Prairie Trail, formerly known as the Pecatonica Prairie Path, is a 12.5-mile rail-trail extending from the western edge of Rockford to the Winnebago–Stephenson county line west of Pecatonica. ...
IL 12.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Pekin Park Bike Trail traverses more than 4 miles between Allentown Road and the Illinois River at Pekin bridge. The trail does a loop in Coal Miners' Park and passes through Mineral Springs Park, ...
IL 4.3 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 City ...
IL, IN 7.9 mi Asphalt
The Perryville Path runs nearly 7 miles, connecting the communities of Loves Park and Rockford, not far from the northern border of Illinois. A pleasant place to begin your journey is Rock Cut State Park, ...
IL 6.7 mi Asphalt
Although the Phyllis Harmon Path is short, it's an important connector in an east-west bike/ped route between Arlington Heights and Glencoe. Following Dundee Road, the paved trail goes from the Des Plaines ...
IL 1.1 mi Asphalt
The Poplar Creek Trail is a 9.5-mile paved loop around Poplar Creek Forest Preserve near Hoffman Estates. The trail has a couple of hills but is otherwise level and makes for a pleasant journey through ...
IL 9.5 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 Prairie Trail—not to be confused with the Illinois Prairie Path—runs border-to-border, entirely within McHenry County, Illinois, and is managed by the McHenry County Conservation District. It is built ...
IL 26.1 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
Prospect Heights Bike Path runs between Woodland Trails Park and Country Garden Park, paralleling the commuter rail tracks on its north–south leg. The trail provides a nice off-road route through the Chicago ...
IL 4.2 mi Asphalt
The Puri Path is a paved route in Rock Cut State Park, a beautiful outdoor destination of more than 3,000 acres for the city of Rockford. The path runs through the heavily wooded northeast corner of the ...
IL 2.4 mi Asphalt
The Randall Road Bike Path offers a 4-mile paved north-south route along its namesake roadway in a suburb west of Chicago. A highlight of the journey is the trail's passage through the LeRoy Oakes Forest ...
IL 3.9 mi Asphalt
The Rend Lake Bike Trail, in the heart of southern Illinois, goes around nearly half of the second-largest man-made lake in the state. Along the way, trail-goers will enjoy picturesque views of the tree-lined ...
IL 20.6 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
This trail along Richland Creek is in two discontiguous sections that must be accessed separately. The northern section goes by the thick and quiet woods of Centennial Park, where there are also very nice ...
IL 3.8 mi Asphalt
Ridgefield Trace currently consists of two short segments open for use. The western section runs from McHenry County College on US 14 in Crystal Lake to just west of N. Oak Street. Active railroad tracks ...
IL 3 mi Asphalt
The 4.4-mile River Bend Trail is so named for the loop of Fox River along which it follows on its eastern end. It's here that you can connect to the scenic Fox River Trail to travel 43 miles along the ...
IL 4.4 mi Asphalt
Running from East Peoria to Morton, The River Trail of Illinois was resurfaced in summer 2011. From East Peoria, the hiking and biking trail travels southeast along the old Illinois Terminal Railway line. ...
IL 9 mi Asphalt
The Riverside Recreational Path begins as a gravel lane at the base of Riverside Park on the banks of the Rock River in Roscoe. From there, it continues along Rowena Street, paralleling State Route 251, ...
IL 0.63 mi Dirt, Grass, Gravel
The Robert McClory Bike Path is notorious for its conglomeration of names over the years. At any given time—and depending on whom you ask—it has been called the Green Bay Trail and the North Shore Bike ...
IL 26.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
Caution: As of Sept. 15, 2014: Due to severe storm washouts that occurred last summer, there are closed sections of the trail on its northern end between Toulon and Princeville. Check the state's DNR website ...
IL 37.6 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The paved Rock River Recreation Trail winds throughout downtown Rockford and environs, following the east bank of the Rock River through Shorewood Park and Martin Memorial Park. Officially, the trail begins ...
IL 10 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 cityscapes ...
IL 12.3 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Rock Valley College Path is a paved route looping around and through its namesake campus in Rockford. At its southern end, it connects to the Spring Brook Road bike lanes that continue east to the ...
IL 2.2 mi Asphalt
The Rockton Main Street Path is situated off the Rock River on the southern end of downtown Rockton, a charming Midwestern village near the Illinois–Wisconsin border. It begins at Settler's Park, which ...
IL 0.8 mi Asphalt
The Rote Road Multi-Use Path offers a paved route along the south side of Rote Road in eastern Rockford. It travels for nearly a mile, providing access to neighborhoods, businesses, and the Aldeen Golf ...
IL 0.8 mi Asphalt
The Sterling Multi-Activity Recreational Trail starts at one end at the edge of the Hoover Park parking lot and heads into a scenic wooded trail crossing a wooden bridge over Woodlawn Creek and traveling ...
IL 2 mi Asphalt
The paved trail running through Nick Saelens Memorial Park is a pretty one, with a loop around a small pond and much of it following a tree-lined creek. The park is nestled in the Village of Durand in ...
IL 1 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 areas. Portions ...
IL 26.7 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Woodchips
Big bluffs, mighty rivers, the largest state park and one giant bird—you'll find them all along the Sam Vadalabene Great River Road Bike Trail. This unique rail-trail starts in the 8,050-acre Pere Marquette ...
IL 20.4 mi Asphalt
For just over a mile, the Sangamon River Trail in western Monticello follows the former route of the Illinois Central Railroad, which carried passengers from Chicago to New Orleans. The trail includes ...
IL 1.2 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
The first 5.5-mile segment of the 38-mile Sangamon Valley Trail opened in summer 2011 and runs between Centennial Park and Stuart Park in Springfield. When complete, the Sangamon Valley Trail will link ...
IL 5.5 mi Asphalt
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. The ...
IL 2 mi Asphalt
An excellent example of land use in greater Chicago, the entire Skokie Valley Trail corridor is a rail-with-trail, paralleled by double tracks that sit about 40 feet to the west of the trail surface. The ...
IL 9.8 mi Asphalt
From Skokie Valley Trail Feasibility Study: The proposed trail spans 6.8 miles through the Skokie Valley in Cook County, Illinois, extending south from Lake Cook Road in Northbrook to Old Orchard ...
IL 6.8 mi
The Stevens Creek Bikeway follows a scenic stream for 4 miles through neighborhoods and woodlands, connecting two parks (one at each end of the trail) on the western side of Decatur in central Illinois. ...
IL 4 mi Asphalt
Built on a former rail bed dating back to the 1850s, the Stone Bridge Trail provides a crushed limestone pathway through rural countryside. A highlight of the trail is passage on Stone Bridge over the ...
IL 5.8 mi Crushed Stone
The Stone Mill Trail runs between Lawrence Road in Harvard and Maxon Road in Chemung. The 1.5-mile, paved trail mostly parallels County Highway 17 (Ramer Road) and active railroad tracks, and will eventually ...
IL 1.5 mi Asphalt
Swanson Park Recreation Path is sometimes known as the Cherry Valley Path as it's located in the Village of Cherry Valley on the outskirts of Rockford in northern Illinois. The paved path travels along ...
IL 2.4 mi Asphalt
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. Immediately ...
IL 3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Thorn Creek Trail offers a paved 17-mile route traversing woodlands abundant with wildlife through several communities on the southern outskirts of Chicago.  The trail travels from Brownwell Woods ...
IL 17.2 mi Asphalt
The Tinley Creek Trail is currently in two segments. This northern segment stretches from Palos Heights to Oak Forest and largely falls with several Cook County Forest Preserve areas, including Rubio Woods, ...
IL 18.8 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 areas ...
IL 3.6 mi Asphalt
Southern Illinois' Tunnel Hill State Trail is a gem of a route, with 23 trestle bridges (including one that is 450 feet long), several ghost towns, a beautiful park, a comfortable trailhead in Vienna Station ...
IL 55.6 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
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 crossings ...
IL 1.1 mi Asphalt
Although just shy of two 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 longer walk ...
IL 1.5 mi Asphalt
This is a story of three trails in one. The newest section of the trail is a beautifully landscaped rail-trail along the former alignment of the Fisher Farmers Railroad, which connected the north side ...
IL 8 mi Asphalt
The Virgil Gilman Trail travels through forest and prairie, from a quiet, rural community college campus all the way into suburban Chicago. The trail's namesake, Virgil Gilman,was director of the Fox Valley ...
IL 11.5 mi Asphalt
The Wabash Trail is the epitome of an urban rail-trail link. It's straight and flat. It has bridges over its only intersecting roadways. Just keep moving and enjoy. The trail connects city neighborhoods ...
IL 2.1 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, which ...
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 shelter ...
IL 3.2 mi Asphalt
Traveling along the Wauponsee Glacial Trail, you'll be surprised just how quickly you can move from an urban environment into the rolling fields of the Midwest. Starting in Joliet, within shouting distance ...
IL 22.3 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Williamson Parkway Bike Path offers a pleasant, paved route through a residential area in southern Rockton. The mile-long trail follows its namesake roadway from Freeport Road (also known as S. Blackhawk ...
IL 1 mi Asphalt
The Willow Creek Path is a pleasant, tree-lined trail that follows its namesake creek for most of its journey through the communities of Machesney Park and Loves Park in the Rockford metropolitan area. ...
IL 2.6 mi Asphalt

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Joe Stengel Trail

Not a Trail for Every Bike Rider

January, 2017 by flmasterman

My maiden voyage on this trail happened on October 11, 2012. It was a gorgeous fall day and I was the only one out on the trail.

Riding my Trek 3700 mountain bike, I found this trail to be nearly perfect for my riding style at the time. Yes, it is grass-covered in spots, it has some muddy spots following a wet spell, and some critter damage here and there - something that seems to be a constant on the few hard-packed trails I've ridden over the years. With that being said, I found this rail trail to be quite pleasant. After all, I got a mountain bike so I could get off the pavement. If I wanted a paved riding experience, I would have chosen the Lowell Parkway Path a bit to the south.

Bordered by farm fields, it still provided a nice ride due to the trees along the right-of-way for most of the distance. In summer, it is quite shady for the most part.

The parking area off Judson Road is plenty adequate in my opinion, with the exception of the lack of at least a Port-a-Potty. The third-tree-on-the-left seems to have acquired an odor.

Fast forward to November 16, 2016...

Having ridden this trail at least once annually since 2012, this day allowed a bit different experience for me. This day, I rode my FatBike. The larger tires certainly did smooth out the ride considerably, even though a FatBike is not really necessary.

Earlier in 2016, I found a Port-a-Potty at one of the crossroads and that was a welcome sight, but by this time of year it had been removed - Major Bummer. I would think that a Port-a-Potty at each end of the trail would not be too much to ask for. After all, Polo and Woosung are pretty much out in the middle of nowhere, and if one drives any distance, a bit of pre-ride relief is a welcome thing.

Four years later, the trail condition is pretty much the same. I did notice that the Joe Stengel Trail signs have disappeared for the most part though (I've been in contact with the Park District about that and even volunteered my services to assist in reworking the signs and getting them planted, with no results).

I did notice earlier in the year 2016 also that they had a dedicated parking area in Woosung, which is nice. I feel better parking in a grassy field than alongside the road.

One thing you may wish to pay attention to, is that they now allow All-terrain vehicles on the trail. I don't know if that's a good thing, or a bad thing, I haven't encountered any yet and I haven't seen any signs of damage to the trail due to ATV's.

All in all, this is still one of my favorite rail trails to date. It's the closest trail to my home and it provides a pleasant riding experience. I really enjoy seeing the songbirds and playing tag with grasshoppers along the way.

I've only ridden bikes on this trail, so this review is limited to that viewpoint.

Des Plaines River Trail

Ran the whole thing down and back

December, 2016 by blarthox

I ran both county sections (Lake and Cook) down and back in the Fall of 2016. At 112 miles round trip, the trail is easily do-able over the course of the several week period.

Running the while trail gave me a very enlightened perspective on the relative degree of trail maintenance and habitat quality between the Lake and Cook sides.The trail surface in Lake is far superior for most of its length, with fewer trail breaks. Healthy oak forests covered more of the Lake side, although I'd say that the area straddling Lake/Cook border region (from Cahokia Flats north of the Lake/Cook border down to Palatine Rd south of the border) has the largest numbers of massive mature oaks of any sections of the trail. This may be my favorite portion of the trail, and it felt like running through a primordial forest. I wasn't all that crazy about the Prairie sections north of Wadsworth Rd because it didn't provide much cover and, given the openness of the area the trail surface tended to be drier and harder, which was less forgiving on my joints. All the way down to the south quarter of the trail, I could not believe how rutted and uneven the trail surface could get. The underpass under Belmont was a total mud slick and a lot more ankle-turning holes covered the trail south of that section. But some of the habitat further south along the last 10 miles was just as beautiful as a lot of the sections closer to Lake.

All in all, the beauty and excitement of DPRT far outweighed the low points and frustration along some sections, so I plan to run the entire 112 mile loop every Fall from now on.

Robert McClory Bike Path

This trail is awesome! I don't know why it gets so much hate

December, 2016 by rckania2706

Seriously. Where is all the hate for this trail coming from? I rode the whole thing from Kenosha to Wilmette, and thought it was great the whole way. A lot of people are saying that the north part of this trail is unsafe but that is not true. I felt safe the whole way, even in the Waukegan area. This trail really. I recommend it to anyone who wants to go for a bike ride!

Accordion

Virgil L. Gilman Trail

Great trail, lots of beautiful scenery.

November, 2016 by toddsdonald

Great trail, lots of beautiful sceneryand smooth well maintained trails. Ridden it twice, both times from Fox River Trail in Aurora to Waubonsee and back.

Thorn Creek Trail

Outta stater

November, 2016 by cindy.gerner.5

Black Friday and this was a great way to spend it. We started at the northern end just off route 83. Plenty of parking too. The asphalt is in fantastic condition and the trail despite a few busy road crossovers was scenic. What a way to escape the hustle and bustle my husband was thrilled when we came to the bridge built just for pedestrians that crossed over the train tracks. My husband the train nut was excited to get to see the Union Pacific pass under us too. At the southern end we ended up in the Sauk Valley preserve that is a treasure. Great job connecting all the parks and preserves. We could have even ridden the Old Plank Road Trail since we passed right by in Chicago Heights.

DuPage River Trail

Inaccessiblity

November, 2016 by allthatyoumakeit

There are points through downtown Naperville that doesn't allow bicycles. Otherwise I nice trail.

Prairie Trail (IL)

WOODEN PLANKS FROM CRYSTAL LAKE TO MCHENRY

November, 2016 by tgerwatowski

AT THE PRESENT TIME, AS OF YESTERDAY, THERE ARE NUMEROUS PLACES ON THE PATH THAT ARE COVERED WITH LARGE WOODEN PLANKS. THESE PLANKS RUN FOR A FEW HUNDRED YARDS , STOP, THEN START AGAIN, THEY ARE MARKED AS "UTILITY WORK" BE WARNED, THEY ARE GOUGED, SPLINTED, WITH GAPS

Long Prairie Trail

Beautiful!

November, 2016 by wirenut71

This is a really nice trail, easy to access and even has a bathroom and parking area at the beginning. The scenery was beautiful. And it goes through a couple of little towns where you can stop for lunch.

Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail

My awesome first non-paved ride

November, 2016 by mandys_mac

I'm new to cycling but I've been doing 10-miles a day, on average, mostly on streets and paved paths. When I purchased my bike, I knew I wanted the ability to go a bit "off road" and so I got a hybrid. Researched some trails and decided on this one. We started in Ottawa where there was parking and bathroom access. We headed west and stopped between Buffalo Rock and Starved Rock state park. I'm told the path is washed out just 4-blocks from where we ended. It was a BEAUTIFUL ride! We had perfect weather. I stopped to take pics too often. Total, we rode 20 miles in just under 3-hours. Next time we plan to start in LaSalle and head east towards Starved Rock.

Major Taylor Trail

11/1/16 Great Autumn Day to ride a trail named for an American Hero

November, 2016 by sl2

Been wanting to go for awhile, finally got out there from Hyde park along the city streets. Really liked the variety of trail and city streets as well as neighborhoods and industrial areas. Friendly folks on trail walking and riding.
Great to have such a cool trail on the south-side of the city and have it connected to such a fantastic Role Model.

Tunnel Hill State Trail

Carpe Tunnel

October, 2016 by koldtoess

My wife and I had a free Sunday in mid-summer so we took an impromptu trip to seize the Tunnel. We started our journey at Tunnel Hill State Park in Vienna. A very nice TH with a small museum, restrooms opened early and a nice place to picnic. Immediately heading north, we crossed a historic small span, steel sided bridge (one of many) which set the historic RR tone for the entire ride. The terrain in this section was truly a surprise; you’re biking in a sunken rail bed with rocky outcroppings on one side and the Little Cache Creek on the other. Two interesting things of note was the final resting place of an old International Harvester combine and an old barn with its original large stone foundation. Another surprise and a must stop is Sandburn Junction. You can take a shaded break and get a cold drink, snacks and ICE CREAM from the store on the honor system. The trail could be re-named as the Big Trestle Trail because when you think you have gone over the best trestle you have ever crossed you will ride over another better until you ride the marvelous 450’ span behemoth. Continuing riding uphill, we finally ran into the tunnel! We rode the through the tunnel without lights (check for oncoming riders first). You would think that it would never get completely dark because you can see the exit, but about mid-way it will become completely dark (only a couple of seconds in a very fun way). We continued toward New Burnside where the trail terrain completed changed. Now you have arrived at the Sugar Creek lowlands where the feeling was more like riding on a gravel road surrounded by raw nature. In the middle of this area you will ride upon a surreal/picturesque spot where there are the abutments to an old bridge….let your mind wander. Our return point was New Burnside; not a bad spot but no functioning water source or store but the restrooms were clean and operable. Our return trip, which seemed downhill all the way, was wonderful except for the 2’ copperhead in the middle of the trail. We came upon the snake in the lowlands before the tunnel and after much consternation, we decided to ride around the backside of the snake which was sunning and did not even move.
We very much enjoyed the trail and thought it was well worth the 3-hour one-way drive. The next time we plan to make it a long weekend to ride the entire length of the trail and camp at Shawnee National Forrest to visit the Garden of the Gods and Cave-In-Rock.

Wauponsee Glacial Trail

Wauponsee

October, 2016 by kmbjmb

Rode this trail on Sunday Oct 23th - 27 miles. Parked at the Sugar Creek Reserve and stoped at Symerton to ride back. This is a wonderful trail - I had no idea! There are benches along the way to stop and rest. There are way markers with interesting information about the area and miles to next points. Each trailhead has a restroom, water fountain, and parking. There is a new trailhead for Midewin not on all the maps yet so you can enter Midewin from this trail. You can watch farmers harvesting their crops. Just a wonderful trail - I had no idea how nice this was. Nice job Will County!

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