The Kenosha County bike paths both of them are now black topped for enjoyable smooth riding and the concerns of mud and flooded areas are out the window unless you go across Russel Road bridge which is then getting into Illinois where it's crushed stone which you don't want to ride to far down on for dangerous issues past Zion you'll quickly find out if you do. So when you get to the Russel Road Bridge turn around and head back the other way unless your a risk taker or live in Illinois.
Back to the topic both the North and South side Kenosha county bike paths are black topped and it's an enjoyable ride and you meet very friendly people always saying hello as you ride past. Some enjoyable scenic views, a pond with a fountain, and a small park for rest also help make the south side Kenosha trail an enjoyable one for any biker and family. There are sometimes cross country runners on the south side trail or just your average run of the mill joggers/runners and plenty of dog walkers to. The trail is enjoyed by all and cleary an important part of Kenosha. From the south side trail when you get off it's goes along Anderson Pond and from there just follow the signs and head down the road which leads you past the Outdoor Theatre which is a neat sight to see. You can also get there by getting off the trail and heading down Springbook Road and then the path goes along the railroad tracks and past the roads that lead to Carol Beach (I recommend riding through there very relaxing and nice neighborhoods and view of the Lake) and the Sand Dunes. The path leads you to the next part of the trail that starts at SouthPort park and then from there follow the roads to the next part that goes along the lake and beach. Once you get to the bandshell you can either get off and go down the road where the North Side Trail starts or keep going along the lake path which goes past Carthage College up a big hill by Alford park and eventually the path connects with the North side trail near the Nature Center. So plenty of scenic sights and views to enjoy along the lake and it can be busy sometimes so watch out for walkers.
The north side trail is black topped for smooth riding, but not much for scenic value at the beginning as there's some neighborhoods on one side or apartments, but there are food places near by for great rest stops. Once you get further down past the Nature Center you get more scenic areas and tree filled areas with plenty of shade for any rest stops you might need. It then connects to the Racine County Bike path which is black topped as well and goes down to Durand Avenue and from there just follow the bike signs and I recommend this follow them to Root River for nice relaxing, scenic, photogenic riding. There's also a part that cuts off right before Durand Avenue which is the Lake Michigan route which again you follow the signs down to the Racing Lakefront (very hilly) and past the Racine Zoo. I always hear some interesting sounds when I ride past there makes the trip more interesting. From there you follow signs to the Racine County bike path which is crushed stone or you can ride past it and take Root River all the way back to Durand Avenue and the Kenosha trial.
The South side Kenosha trail is more active and plenty of friendly people. The North side is a little calmer on the activity value, but on occasion can be busy with trail users to, but clearly the South side trail is used more often.
Both trails are nice, smooth, relaxing, enjoyable rides worth checking out and riding on for any biker and there also safe as well.
One side note I want to mention is when you get to the Russel Road bridge there's a section of trail that cuts off and brings you down next to Russel Road and if you just keep riding straight on Russel Road you will eventually wind up at the entrance to the Van Patten Woods Des Plaines bike path, but there's hills you have to go up to get to the entrance and at one point not alot of room between you and traffic so ride with caution and awareness when riding down Russel Road if that's the route you take to get to Des Plaines from Kenosha. Ive had no problem riding along, but I see some take there cars to it and then unpack and ride.
There is a small lot by Springbook where you can park your car and either start walking or riding the South Kenosha Trail. At times there will be cars parked near where the path crosses the road so when there is careful when approaching and crossing and make sure traffic sees you, but there are bike path crossings signs near the road crossings so riding is safe and the roads aren't that busy as some may think and there no problem to cross.
Both South and North Kenosha County trails are enjoyable to ride on for all biker levels and they have friendly atmospheres. I recommend checking them out and enjoy the day. Happy biking everyone!