The trail goes around the little lake they have there and connects with other trails just like through out des plaines you can find connecting trails and I recommend exploring them all when you have the time it's quite the memorable journey. The Grayslake bike path system is approximately 21 miles long. This trail is relatively close to me and I rode it last week. That's not a knock on people riding horses on the trail, just the reality of hoofs digging into the crushed limestone surface. Enter through the parking lot on Fullerton Avenue, just west of First Avenue, in River Grove. I will keep coming back here. Just point out your sticker to the gate attendant and they'll wave you through. I've lived in the Chicago area my entire life. It's a great ride for recreational bikers; we're looking forward to returning. Acquiring the land and building a continuous 31.4-mile trail along the Des Plaines River’s edge took 57 years and 133 separate land purchases to achieve. Check out the trail map and locate Independence Grove. Just north of Golf Road in Des Plaines, the trail runs into an active railroad line and continues just on the other side of the tracks. I live fairly close to the trail and have frequently ridden the trail from as far south as the city of Des Plaines to as far north as Libertyville. I wouldn't try my road bike on the DPR unless I had a repair kit, but the trail is, with the exception of some short areas of deeper sand, really smooth and an easy ride. (847) 824-2601. If going with kids, be aware of a few busy street crossings along the way. Note that since you are riding next to the river there may be flooding over the trail. Nice picnic shelter and tables beside the pond. Join TrailLink (a non-profit) to view more than 30,000 miles of trail maps and more! of Dam No. I would like to say the Lake County section is handicap accessible. You can click hereclick here to download my Higher Resolution PDF version of Lake County Des Plaines River Trail Map. The path is paved and takes you right along the river, down below the street and commercial buildings. There are portions of this trail that are ride-able only after long dry spells... there is so much mud here during wet seasons. Several forest preserve parks along the way if you want to stop for a picnic or a rest. The southern end is just not very pleasant. How would an older person ever ride this trail? avoided for worecommend group outing. The sticker is good for the life of the vehicle's window and is non-transferrable. Trail uses include hiking/walking, bicycling, equestrian, and even winter cross country skiing and snowmobiling (conditions permitting). Having such a long, lush trail just outside of such a densely populated urban area is truly a wonderful asset to the surrounding community. Here is where the trail degenerates into a quagmire of gravel and poorly marked mud trail. As most have already pointed put the southern most tip of this trails is craptacular. big stones, at some point you can't figure out where the trail is. It can be perfect walking, jogging and biking. It's full of friendly people and activity and a great resting stop as it has a nice little cafe for any hunger or thirsty needs you may get. Both times we started at Half Day Forest Preserve and rode north, turning around about 5 miles short of the trail's northern end for a ride of about 50 miles. This trail is second to none I know in its beauty. When I take people on the trail, I bring them south first because it's just so...different. For the parts that I ride the trail is mainly dirt, crushed gravel, and paved trails. Farther north you have to cross Milwaukee Ave. without a light. Restrooms, picnic areas, and water fountains are frequent throughout this system of connected forest preserves. While the trail is deep into suburbia, there are sections of the trail that are so sheltered you would think you're miles from civilization. Maps. Great trail! This is a river trail and flooding can take out sections. It still was very beautiful, but proceed with caution. The trailhead is at North Avenue, just east of Route 171, in the Jerome Huppert Woods. I like the north branch of the trail for its beauty and the south branch for the rough ride and challenges. The only difficulty I encountered was the railroad crossing in the area called Kloempken Prairie on the route map (north of Golf Rd., south of Central Rd.). The only exception was an enjoyable area in Des Plaines where the trail is concrete, well marked and smooth. The afternoon started out warm and sunny, a rare occurrence this Spring as the start of April hasn't been this cold in Chicago in 137 years with multiple snow storms! This magnificent water view is located at Captain Daniel Wright Woods Green Trail. www.pintotattoos.com. "Started at 1/2 Day road went about 15 miles north and back . But it feels pretty urban. The last time I went through it, was the last time I felt totally at peace. Des Plaines River Trail - North. River Road. The trail is a narrow dirt and sometimes mud path.Tricycles will have an extremely difficult time in the Cook County portion. With 200-year-old oak groves, scampering deer and views of the river, it's a scenic wonder. I'm sure it will be beautiful when done, but the re-route to the west and under the tollway was like off roading. Accessible, scenic and well-kept. Your donation will help us to continue connecting more people to trails around the country. South of Touhy Avenue the surface is uneven with some rocks and old broken asphalt. You even take a bridge over the Kennedy Expressway at one point. Also be cautious at the multiple instances where the trail crosses over several highly trafficked roads. Took a break at Independence Grove. The only things to be found were lots of mud and unleashed dogs and teenage hooligans. Route 173 Highway 41. It has its own system of bike trails circling what was once an open quarry but is now lush lagoons and greenery. We live near the southern section of this trail, so we have rode that portion multiple times. 4 Woods-East. (Would be well suited to a hybrid, mouontain or wider tire bike.) Chipotle in Vernon Hills The trail gives unparalleled access to the Des Plaines River. But some of the habitat further south along the last 10 miles was just as beautiful as a lot of the sections closer to Lake. Towns connected by or adjacent to the Des Plaines River Trail include Gurnee, Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Des Plaines, Park Ridge, Schiller Park and River Grove. With 200-year-old oak groves, scampering deer and views of the river, it's a scenic wonder. It's a very beautiful scenic ride and very photogenic trail and it's very relaxing and enjoyable. Configuration: Other. I've ridden this trail twice in the last year and both times were very nice, most recently a week ago. It was great for mud pies and luckily none of us got hurt, but it could be treacherous. I have now ridden the entire trail on a hybrid bike. It’s open for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding and even limited snowmobiling (only between Russell and Wadsworth roads). Great trail, check it out. The southern portion (Cook County) is very difficult to follow as markings are very far and few between. If you park at Independence Grove and are not from Lake County, you will have to pay a fee. This trail wouldn't have been so awful if you could have just see where the [email protected] thing was. 4 Woods East Trailhead is a trailhead in Park Ridge, IL on Des Plaines River. Address. Founded in 1963, this 61-mile rail-to-trail path runs through Kane and DuPage counties. Again, thankful we had mountain bikes. North of Milwaukee you have to exit Allison woods and cross Milwaukee and take Winkelman road for a quarter of a mile. Riding this trail south of Lawrence avenue in Schiller Park is for thrill seekers and off-road fat tire bikers only. Right across from the shelter is the bathroom. Be careful if you ride within a week of a rainstorm. Traveling from the north end to the south end, you will experience a variety of trail surfaces, from pavement to crushed stone to single-track forest trail. Overall I would give it 4/5 stars and definitely plan to come here again because it is easily accessible to me. The Des Plaines River Trail (DPRT) is a 31.4 mile (41 miles planned) hiking and paddling trail leading from the Wisconsin/Illinois border all the way through Lake County and almost to Chicago. With 200-year-old oak groves, scampering deer and views of the river, it's a scenic wonder. Start at the Lincolnshire Marriott and head north and you'll have a great trip. Become a member and wear your FREE T-Shirt with pride. North Ave, east of N 1st Ave. River Grove, IL 60171 ( view web map. It is terribly marked, as noted by others, so be prepared to have to look for the trail. 4 Woods-East. Schwinn cyclery Libertyville I've now ridden the northern 20 or so miles twice, starting at Russell Road both times. In Northbrook, you have to cross a busy Milwaukee Avenue (by Allgauers restaurant) with no stoplight. (yes I knew there was a trail there but had never ventured onto it. I wasn't all that crazy about the Prairie sections north of Wadsworth Rd because it didn't provide much cover and, given the openness of the area the trail surface tended to be drier and harder, which was less forgiving on my joints. It's beautiful from Euclid past Central. Sure, the occasional idiot on a gas-powered mini-bike comes along. I thought it was my lucky day and quickly snapped this pic (see on blog) only to get closer and realize they were fake, the dead giveaway is the yellow glue on their feet - fake news indeed :-) Not much in the way of color on the trail yet, it has been too cold for any spring flowers. I was pleasantly surprised however to find that it was well maintained and (mostly) easy to follow. We've enjoyed it for family outings with the kids when they were children. The trail is in fantastic shape, the scenery was beautiful and we got lucky with how amazing the weather was. Tall trees, with sparse underbrush give way to dense thickets that feel like the English countryside. Thanks Illinois! It's nice and enjoyable to ride through there and that's the one part your out in the open and the sun can really beat down on ya on a hot day when riding through that part so have plenty of sunscreen with you. Pros: Very scenic, excellent signage, lots of wildlife, quiet. Des Plaines River Trail (Oakton) is a 6 mile popular gravel path trail located near Chicago Illinois. complete seven of them. Where else in the suburbs can you get a ride like that? Still it is a nice escape. When I rode the south branch on my hybrid the first time I took that trail I had to take the bike in for repair afterwards. It's nature. Nice variety of scenery. I'm not a fan of the crushed limestone surface simply because it leaves my bike caked in dust, but this is a nice trail for a day's use. A strange old series of buildings that have been around for more than 100 years. I have logged about 2500 miles on this trail in 2 years and I never get bored of it...going North from Independence Grove there is a slight bit of elevation to push you. Healthy oak forests covered more of the Lake side, although I'd say that the area straddling Lake/Cook border region (from Cahokia Flats north of the Lake/Cook border down to Palatine Rd south of the border) has the largest numbers of massive mature oaks of any sections of the trail. This is a must-do for families and riders alike. Smaller single track trails off the main run offer more challenges and scenery. The trail can get flooded and super muddy, so be prepared to call it a day. The section through downtown Des Plaines is quite nice, and would be a ideal place to stop for lunch. Today, I rode all of the way to the south end which terminates at North Avenue in Maywood. The Des Plaines River Trail is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Libertyville! I have attempted to go past the Lincolnshire Marriott but there is an unfinished section south of the resort that it a little bit of a pain to get around, so I haven't done it. And you don't have to drive out of the city to find it. Lat, Long. Lake County residents can purchase a vehicle window sticker to bypass stopping to show the required proof of county residency on each visit. more. You may be just a few hundred feet from the noise and hustle and bustle of the city but you wouldn't know it here. I hear there are plans to improve this section, and it would be a good thing. It's really the best of all worlds. The only sounds are the chirping of the birds and the rush of the river. It was a beautiful walk and I had a lot of fun. I've only been five miles into the Lake County side, but that was enough to see herons resting in tree branches while I pedaled over a small, charming bridge. If I had one complaint it would be the need for an overpass over Dundee. There's a Nature Center (not open during COVID). 3. I must address this and please do watch out for horse droppings that may still be festering on the trail that haven't been picked up yet as you don't want to ride through that yuck! Head east on IL 173 E/Rosecrans Road and follow it 1 mile before taking a left into the Van Patten Woods Forest Preserve. The Wheeling area is terrible to ride on with large rocks, tree roots, and ruts. Deer, Turtles, Frogs,very scenic nice trail to ride. From the south side of the trail, it's hard to see the cars traveling east. This is great for dogs too since there's the des plaines river. After this there is only one other crossing at Dundee. Even during relatively dry periods, there is standing in several spots on the trail. And the other reviewers are right. Two different counties and budgets to maintain them, I assume. It was featured in the 2019 Hike Lake County Challenge. I did note some road bikes on the Lake County portion of the trail but mostly crossover and mountain bikes. Overall it is a spectacular ride, especially when the prairie flowers are blooming. The underpass under Belmont was a total mud slick and a lot more ankle-turning holes covered the trail south of that section. Let the world see your experience through your eyes. It just peters out south of the Wisconsin border. It's a little more challenging with more hilly terrain but the trail is in wonderful shape. The Lake County portion of the trail is very well marked. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. The trail is in two counties. I used a gravel bike with 38 tires, but it can be done with any bike but it was more fun like this. I ride this trail from Russell Rd just over the Illinois border south and I love it! The surface is usually finely-crushed gravel that is very even and well maintained. That soon leads into my favorite part of the whole trail. GPS. Take the path into the woods. ", TrailLink is a free service provided by Rails-to-Trails conservancy, We're a non-profit all about helping you enjoy the outdoors, Van Patten Woods Forest Preserve entrance on Russell Road/County Road 19 (Wadsworth) and Jerome Huppert Woods Forest Preserve near IL 64 and IL 171 (River Grove). Elevation: -Total: 3 riders . Don't deny yourself the fun. This trail is a multi-use gravel double track with lots of singletrack connected. Moving farther south, the corridor becomes narrow and filled with roots in certain segments. The Des Plaines River Trail follows its namesake waterway all the way from Elmwood Park to the small community of Russell, Illinois—just south of the Wisconsin state line. The trail really winds at this point so fast paced riding will lead to your ending up in the woods on some of the unviewable hard angle turns if you go to fast. YOU'RE THERE! How do you find it? 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