Prospect Heights Bike Path

Illinois

Prospect Heights Bike Path Facts

States: Illinois
Counties: Cook
Length: 4.2 miles
Trail end points: Country Garden Park at Shoenbeck Rd. and Woodland Trails Park at Euclid Ave. (Prospect Heights)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6015792
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Prospect Heights Bike Path Description

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 suburb of the same name, linking neighborhoods with shopping, parks and Arlington Lake on the northwest end (The loop around the lake will add an additional 1.8 miles to your journey). The trail doesn't offer much shade but don't let that stop you from enjoying it on a summer day.

Parking and Trail Access

Park at Woodland Trails Park (1500 block of Euclid Avenue) or in the parking lot at the corner of Stonegate Drive and Schoenbeck Road near the basketball court.

Prospect Heights Bike Path Reviews

The trail is mostly well paved. There's a section where somebody highlighted the pavement problems in yellow paint. Not sure if they mean to fix it or just warn. It is pretty flat and does cross several roads, but nothing too difficult (mid-day at least). Bridge at Palatine is nice. I did not notice buzzing from the power towers but at the ComEd station there was some. Did not seem like it was 4 miles long, but maybe that just means it was a pleasant ride. Probably not for the speedsters, but for senior citizens, very nice. Not obvious where it starts from the parking - go east toward Wolf Road, runs along is to start.

Pros:
-Relatively flat, a few minor crossings, and thankfully a bridge over Palatine Rd.
-Nice untouched easement with the electric lines overhead, some grassland restoration
-Usually not crowded
-Connection to Lake Arlington at the northwest terminus

Neutral:
-Very straight

Cons:
-You will constantly hear the power lines overhead
-You sort of ride five feet off of some people's backyards
-Southern terminus ends abruptly in a bad spot

I really wish the southern end connected to something like the Des Plaines River Trail or continued along the easement to High Ridge Knolls (a E-W easement trail) so you had some type of loop. Depending on your way home you may have to face a really messy crossing at Rand. I usually head South across Euclid and cut through the large industrial park where there is a protected pedestrian crossing across Rand.

It's a nice paved trail. Not busy. Uses powerline right of way so there's some nice prarie grasses and natural habitat you go through. A great length for after work ride. Careful though, it crosses two busy roads among some others.

Accordion

Okay, so just to get something straight here, this path was originally laid out for service maintenance of the overhead power lines which align with the entire trail. For inline skaters, I'm ranking this path a 2 based on track quality (2 - pretty choppy), scenery (1 - unless you like the hum of overhead powe lines), crowdedness (3 - mainly bikers), and overall layout (2 - just a dogleg right).

Really nice trail. Paved. Connects to Lake Arlington at the West End of trail.

Pleasantly surprised with this trail.

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