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Des Plaines River Trail

From You6113.13 Mi
Local Tips
Created (yyyy-mm-dd)2013-11-11
Created ByGES
  • Soft
  • Running
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Walking
  • Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Drinking Water
  • Flat
  • Loop
  • Out And Back
  • Good For Workouts
  • Family Friendly
Street Crossings
  • A Few
Max Distance15-39
Volume of Use
  • Low
DescriptionThe Des Plaines River Trail spans nearly the entire length of Lake County for 31 miles as it winds through 12 forest preserves. It is a key link in a regional network of trails that includes the North Shore Bike Path, the McClory Trail and the Millennium Trail. Parking and facilities are available in the connecting forest preserves, which include Independence Grove, Old School, and Wright Woods. Still more forest preserves are connected via bike paths, such as Middlefork Savanna. Each of these forest preserves offer additional trails and variety.

The trail follows the river's edge from Russell Road in Wadsworth to just south of Riverside Drive in Lincolnshire. It picks up again just north of Estonian Lane and runs south to Lake Cook Road where it connects to the Cook County Forest Preserve trail system. Bridges and underpasses from Wadsworth Road south make it possible to travel without crossing any major roads, although the underpasses are sometimes flooded.

The crushed-gravel trail is open to hikers, bicyclists, cross-country skiers, equestrians, and snowmobilers (between Russell Road and Wadsworth Road only) .The terrain is generally flat, with some rolling hills.

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