Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Chicagoland Bike Trails

The Chicago area, which encompasses Cook County as well as the counties surrounding Cook, offers a plethora of bike trails, mostly passing though magnificent forest preserves. A number of the trails run well over 20 miles in length.

Here is a listing of Chicago area bike trails I've
biked, with photos and info on each trail.


  • Blackwell Forest Trail in DuPage County.

  • Busse Reservoir Bike Trail in northwest Chicagoland

  • Centennial Trail of southwest Chicagoland

  • Chicago Lakefront Path

  • Danada/Herrick Lake Trail in DuPage County

  • Deer Grove Forest Preserve Mountain Bike Trail of northwestern Chicagoland

  • Des Plaines River Trail in Lake County (Northern section)

  • Des Plaines River Trail in Cook County (Southern section)

  • Fox River Trail in western Chicagoland.

  • Grant Woods Trail in Lake County

  • Great Western Trail of western Chicagoland.

  • Green Bay Trail of northern Chicagoland

  • Hebron Trail of McHenry County

  • Illinois Prairie Path of western Chicagoland

  • I & M Canal Trail of southern Cook County

  • I & M Canal State Trail (Channahon to LaSalle)

  • McHenry's Prairie Trail of northwestern Chicagoland

  • Millennium Trail of Lake County

  • Moraine Hills State Park in northwest Chicagoland.

  • North Branch of the Chicago River Trail in northern Chicagoland

  • North Shore Trail of northern Chicagoland

  • Old Plank Road Trail of southwest Chicagoland

  • Palatine Bike Trail in northwest Chicagoland.

  • Poplar Creek Forest Preserve Trail in northwest Chicagoland

  • Robert McClory Trail in northern Chicagoland

  • Rock Run Greenway Trail in southwestern Chicagoland

  • Veteran Acres/Sterne's Woods mountain bike trails in Crystal Lake

  • Virgil Gilman Trail in western Chicagoland

  • Waterfall Glen Forest Trail of southwestern Chicagoland


  • When I add new trails to my list, I do so at Bike, Hike, and Paddle, so you might want to bookmark this site to get the latest additions to the list.

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