Tinley Creek Trail (North)


Tinley Creek Trail (North) Facts

States: Illinois
Counties: Cook
Length: 18.8 miles
Trail end points: Burr Oak Woods Forest Preserve (Palos Heights) and St. Mihiel Forest Preserve (Oak Forest)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6486976
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Tinley Creek Trail (North) Description

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, Burr Oak Woods, Turtlehead Lake, Bachelor Grove Woods, Nelson Woods and St. Mihiel Reservation.

The trail traverses wooded area interspersed with open green space and passes by a few small lakes and wetlands. There are some street crossings, which are marked with crosswalks. Along the way you'll find picnic areas, restrooms and drinking water. Also, visit the southern segment in South Green Belt Forest Preserve.

Parking and Trail Access

There are numerous access points and places to park within the forest preserves that contain the Tinley Creek Trail. Consult the map above for locations.

Tinley Creek Trail (North) Reviews

Best on a cool day because much of the trail is not covered,, it's a nice trail because it's quite unpopulated. But the pavement could use freshening up in areas.
We drove down from the city - not sure we'd do that again, but we enjoyed a nice ride on the long weekend.

This trail is beautiful and great to ride. I bet it's even more beautiful in the fall. Everyone is so pleasant and respectful of each other. Highly recommend this to all.

Absolutely in love with this trail. Great variety of landscapes with pleasant breezy, down hill surprises. We will definitely be returning here - autumn foliage promises a spectacular sight here..


Trail is in good shape with easy access points. Nice variety in landscape. I like that there are inclines and declines - not just another scenic flat surface to ride.

Love this trail. I try to ride it twice a week when time permits. Nice trail with a few inclines, but for the most part they are fun to come down and get a good breeze. Best time to ride if you like speed is in the early mornings.

Very scenic, especially in the fall

We rode this trail for the first time Sept 27, in the evening. Autumn is a good time to ride this trail. It is only half wooded, so I would not like to try it on a bright summer day. We enjoyed the easy ride on asphalt. Scenery changed constantly from woods to prairie and back. Plenty of parking. We parked on 151st St., but there were picnic groves off of Ridgeland where one could park. Rest rooms were typical of Cook County: Small portable toilets. Not many of them around. We rode 12.2 mi. We strayed off the main loop just a bit. Interesting old German immigrant family cemetary on the edge the trail. It is not shown on the map. There is a red trail, and a yellow trail. We followed the red trail except for a few miles off 131st St.

I did the top loop of this trail for the first time today, and I was impressed. It is smooth and fast, with slight inclines here and there. The contrast from the forest, to the prairie, past the lake, and back through the forest is amazing. I would definitely recommend this for a small family or amateur cyclists.

We've ridden this trail several times. If you like a loop, this is a good one. There are open spaces dotted dotted with prairie flowers and wooded patches where you may even see deer. The trails connect together and some street crossings are required. The crossings are well marked with crosswalks. It's mostly flat with a few moderate inclines. All in all very enjoyable and worth the trip.

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