Tall Grass Greenway Trail


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Tall Grass Greenway Trail Facts

States: Illinois
Counties: Will
Length: 3.83 miles
Trail end points: Vermont Cemetery Preserve and Naperville-Plainfield Road
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 9455917

Tall Grass Greenway Trail Description

The Tall Grass Greenway Trail is a trail that runs along the right of way for ComEd powerlines. The trail goes mainly through neighborhoods in south Naperville, and meets up with the south branch of the library near SR 59. The path meets up with the Dupage River Trail at its eastern terminus, allowing your ride to be extended by over 30 miles into downtown Naperville. At its western terminus, the trail connects to a new trail being developed by the Forest Preserve District of Will County that extends down the old Normantown Rd into Plainfield, adding an extra few miles to your route.

There are some at-grade road crossings. Riders should approach each crossing with caution. There is also a pedestrian overpass across SR 59. The pathway also takes riders through Frontier and Ashbury Parks, where trail users can find amenities including benches.

Parking and Trail Access

The trail can be accessed at several points. At the western terminus there is a newer parking lot for the Vermont Cemetery Preserve (9945 Normantown Rd) with vault toilets and water.

There is also parking behind the Neuqua Valley High School (2360 95th St) Adjacent is the Frontier Park which has a full range of amenities including water fountains, restrooms and picnic benches.

Another option is the strip mall along SR 59, which also has a bike store and a Naperville Running Company store.


Tall Grass Greenway Trail Reviews

Nice, safe, short, black asphalt trail

This is a great ride for families as it is very flat, easy and safe. I don't like the crackling from overheard power lines but don't let that keep you from riding this trail. We see wildlife when riding this trail each week...coyote, deer and owl's have caught our attention.

Good for performance cycling and railfanning

Asphalt trail allows faster speeds compared to limestone trails. Vermont Cemetery Preserve is a good spot for railfanning (before wall) due to train tracks along Normantown Trail

Decent path, a lot of sun, a lot of wind

This path might also be called the wind tunnel path, or the power line path. Most of the Tall Grass Greenway travels under a large string of power lines so it's hard to stray. The trail itself is asphalt and very well kept up. Depending on the wind, the trail can present an unabated push or shove to your ride. I completed the trail round trip and felt both sides of it. The parts of trail I enjoyed most weren't actually part of the TGGT trail at all: the far east end where it becomes a path along the river is a very nice crushed limestone ride, and the far west side where it travels south to 111th St and along a very old cemetary on one side and train tracks on the other. This is a good, solid path, but I think the extension paths on both ends were better.
There are plenty of benches and areas to rest along the way.

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