We parked at Lions Park (parking, playground, no bathrooms)on Taylor Street. The path begins directly across the street just north of the parking area.
The scenery is wooded and although you are never far from a road, the environs feel fairly secluded in this first stretch, with nice views of the river and some swampy areas.
Caution! Just south of the Elks building, we encountered a car on the path! It was a grey compact, heading south.
After the easy ride through the mostly flat swampy area of Prairie Park, you will pass through the disc golf course and go around a corner.
The path ends on an uphill. Go uphill a couple blocks and turn left at the bike path sign. You will go a few blocks on the road, then under a narrow bridge and then get to Lincoln Highway. Once you cross here, turn left and catch the path as it heads into Northern Illinois University, where you will pedal past lovely ponds and fountains and a strange sculpture you can climb. Watch out for goose bombs on the path.
After a long, straight, flat stretch along a channelized portion of the river, you pass WNIJ and go over a bridge and proceed to the sanitary processing plant (you'll smell it) and on into Hopkins Park, which is beautifully packed with trees.
When you reach the County Club, turn around and do it the other direction to make a 9 mile ride.
What I really liked about this path was that it is quite flat so no huffing up hills, and the great variety and number of wildflowers we saw. It's very pleasant to follow the path of the river, which was low and clear. The many bridges provide good views and are fun to cross. There are many benches along the path.
The path is not too wide so I found a bell helpful for when overtaking walkers, especially those with dogs. This is a fun, easy, scenic path that I would recommend for anyone. Bring your golf discs and stop for a round : )