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See Chicagoland on These Bike Paths!
From the bustling and beautiful Chicago Lakefront Trail to the lengthier Des Plaines River Trail, we present a dozen bike paths throughout Lake, DeKalb, and Cook counties.
Algonquin Road Trail
This asphalt trail covers 8.8 miles while encircling the Paul Douglas Forest Preserve – combining with the Paul Douglas Forest Preserve Trail. The trail is located in Hoffman Estates in the northwest Chicago area.
Busse Woods Bike Trail
Stretching for over 11 miles, the Busse Woods Bike Trail courses through the 3,700-acre Ned Brown Forest Preserve. Also set in northwestern Chicago, the asphalt multipurpose trail is located in Elk Grove Village.
Chicago Lakefront Trail
One of the most famous bike paths in the Chicago area, the Lakefront Trail follows the shore of Lake Michigan in downtown Chitown. LFT spans 18 miles, and connects city parks like Lincoln Park, Grant Park, Burnham Park, and Jackson Park.
Des Plaines River Trail
One of the lengthier trails we recommend, the Des Plaines River Trail is a crushed-stone path covering over 56 miles. The trail follows the Des Plaines River in western Chicago in both Cook and Lake counties.
Fox River Bike Trail
Stretching for 43 miles, the Fox River Bike Trail is a multipurpose pathway following the Fox River. Using asphalt, concrete, and crushed stone, this rail-trail is accessed by the Algonquin trailhead and Aurora trailhead.
Great Western Bike Trail
Accessed through St. Charle, the Great Western Bike Trail is a 17-mile multipurpose trail in the LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve. This rail trail uses crushed limestone while coursing through De Kalb and Kane counties.
Green Bay Bike Trail
Using asphalt, concrete, and crushed stone, the Green Bay Trail follows the Chicago's Metra Union Pacific North line for nine miles in the northern metro area. Found in Cook and Lake counties, and connects cities like Kenilworth, Winnetka, Highland Park, and Lake Bluff.
Illinois Prairie Path
Coursing 61 miles across Cook, Du Page, and Kane counties, the Illinois Prairie Path is a multipurpose rail-trail on asphalt, concrete, and crushed stone. The IPP is divided into three sections: Main Branch, the Aurora Branch, and the Elgin Branch.
Set in northern Chicago, the 35-mle Millennium Trail in northwestern Lake County. Head to Wauconda for trailhead access in the Lakewood Winter Sports Area, as the trail ends in Forest View Park in Lindenhurst.
North Branch Trail
Set in Cook County, the asphalt North Branch Trail stretches for 20 miles along the Chicago River. The trails starts (or ends) at the Chicago Botanic Garden, connecting to the Caldwell Woods Preserve.
North Shore Bike Path
The Lake County North Shore Bike Path is a 7.7-mile multipurpose trail is accessed from the Des Plaines River Trail or Robert McClory Bike Path.
Poplar Creek Trail
The asphalt Poplar Creek Trail stretches for 9.5 miles – found in Hoffman Estates surrounding the Poplar Creek Forest Preserve.