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. This trail is a multi-use gravel double track with lots of singletrack connected. (My parents live off of 22 so it was truly to Grandmother's house!) This trail is perfect for a mountain bike! Cook County rougher and more challenging! The trail was in good shape (although not paved). Towns connected by or adjacent to the Des Plaines River Trail include Gurnee, Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Des Plaines, Park Ridge, Schiller Park and River Grove. All in all, the beauty and excitement of DPRT far outweighed the low points and frustration along some sections, so I plan to run the entire 112 mile loop every Fall from now on. You don't have to worry about traffic as you either go over or under any major roadways, but make sure the trails are open as it can get flooded easily during heavy rainfall or days of rain which can cause parts of the trails to be closed until it goes down. A mix of prairie and shaded oak forest section, water views, turns, and even rollers. Sorry, there are no tours or activities available to book online for the date(s) you selected. (Some nice scenery on the south branch too.) Cook County Trails We’ll start the trail at the southern end, closest to Chicago in River Grove. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Thanks Illinois! This section meanders through forest, open prairie , some farmland. When I arrived at this point there were (luckily) no trains in sight, and I simply carried my bike directly across the tracks and found that the trail continued on-wards. Be careful if you ride within a week of a rainstorm. Trail is in poor shape, poor signage and due that section of river, the area is prone to flooding. Please watch out for horses and approach them with caution so you don't spook them. Traveled this trail multiple times this past COVID season. I ran 15 miles on this trail this morning and found it to be overall quite good. Road this trail twice recently riding a recumbent trike. I started at the southern end in River Forest. The only sounds are the chirping of the birds and the rush of the river. of Dam No. Check out the trail map and locate Independence Grove. Found a restroom along the way. Help defend and expand trails nationwide. As others said the Lake county section is amazing. This would be a good trail for a horse not a bike. Join TrailLink (a non-profit) to view more than 30,000 miles of trail maps and more! Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. Highly recommend sticking to north of Cook Co. We plan on finishing the entire trail a section at a time until we hit Wisconsin! Is there some other way to go to avoid the train crossing? And maybe not right if you just want an easy, lovely ride. Dam No. Access the Des Plaines Trail System at any of these forest preserve locations (ordered from South to North). The trail can get flooded and super muddy, so be prepared to call it a day. The lake county portion is crushed limestone and the scenery is breathtaking with lush vegetation, wildlife, streams and dams and great bridges. Make sure you bring a camera if your a photography biker so you have plenty of memories of the ride and of the family as the trail provides alot of diversity and great views and scenery and photo ops. Flooding has closed some underpasses at times but overall good trail when open, well marked, easy access and much fun. This may be my favorite portion of the trail, and it felt like running through a primordial forest. But on a mountain bike the south branch is a blast. This magnificent water view is located at Captain Daniel Wright Woods Green Trail. Des Plaines River Trail Map - Van Patten Woods Forest Preserve entrance on Russell Road/County Road 19 (Wadsworth) to Jerome Huppert Woods Forest Preserve near IL 64 and IL 171 (River Grove) | TrailLink If you happen to be on the trail and are looking for somewhere to eat (again nothing fancy, just fast food) find the intersection of the trail and Route 176. Even when you are on it in some areas, you'll think you're on a goat path. Once dried up I feel the forest preserve district does a great job of re-grooming the trail. The trail surface varies from dirt to gravel or crushed stone to some paved sections. Luckily, most of this trail is actually in Lake County; and they have done a great job making this one long, limestone crushed beauty almost all the way up to the Wisconsin border. The difference between the Cook County Trail and the Lake County Trail are night and day. The southern end is just not very pleasant. one of my favorite bike paths for sure! North Ave, east of N 1st Ave. River Grove, IL 60171 ( view web map. At Grand Ave. the trail takes a steep dive off of the road. No other section south of Wadsworth road could be described as rocky. I've put on over 2500 miles just in Central Lake County on the DPRT and enjoyed every minute of it. This is a MESS,PERIOD. I'm surprised you don't hear and audible "POP" when you cross the bridge at Lake-Cook Road. Indeed the path does appear to just dead end at a raised railroad bed with signs stating "Private Property" and "No Trespassing." It’s my first year biking in 40 yrs and wow, what a great trail. Biked this trail for the first time and it was great. I just learned to power through the soft stuff when I see it. border. I love Independence Grove. Parts are bumpy but overall condition is good. This trail is relatively close to me and I rode it last week. And if that's the case, the tunnels that were built to go under Touhy and Devon and Lawrence can also get muddy and flooded, so you may have to cross those streets without a stoplight. 4. Thankfully there are several underpasses in addition to a few road crossings, and I did not have to stop often. The Lake County portion of the trail is very well marked. The trail has a little bit of everything. For those of you that have real hills in your area, you'll laugh at my description of "hilly". 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. I've been on multiple sections of DPR from Glenview north. The trail is a narrow dirt and sometimes mud path.Tricycles will have an extremely difficult time in the Cook County portion. Just take the trail to the left before coming to Grand. Enter through the parking lot on Fullerton Avenue, just west of First Avenue, in River Grove. Head east on IL 173 E/Rosecrans Road and follow it 1 mile before taking a left into the Van Patten Woods Forest Preserve. With 200-year-old oak groves, scampering deer and views of the river, it's a scenic wonder. Several forest preserve parks along the way if you want to stop for a picnic or a rest. The farther north you go, the less populated the area becomes. 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. Park Ridge needs to take a cue from Des Plaines of all towns because north of Touhy begins a beautiful stretch of limestone and concrete trails all the way north to Milwaukee avenue. Lots of shades, beautiful scenery, lots of animals like birds squirrels bunny's deer... Bears.... ;-) (just kidding about the bears). Pass through a tunnel, under a railroad bridge, and you soon come upon the Methodist Camp. It was great for mud pies and luckily none of us got hurt, but it could be treacherous. A beautiful, meandering, trail composed mostly of crushed limestone. Let the world see your experience through your eyes. During heavy rains, it will be washed out in many spots. This is my favorite nearby ride as I live in SE Wisconsin. This portion is very well marked, plenty of benches for resting and very scenic. My wife and I have ridden our hybrid bikes from Lake Cook road to Russell Rd. I love this trail. The trail was a flooded mudpit despite the fact that it hasn't rained in ages, was covered in huge fallen tree branches, and just in overall disrepair. Not many road crossings, which is great. Had a great time walking this section of trail saw 2 deer at Touhy and by the 294 underpass walked up into Des Plaines by Bender Road. Directions Located ten miles south of Joliet and 55 miles southwest of Chicago in Will County, the site is accessible from Interstate 55 at mile marker No. I live in Glenview, so I join the trail through an unmarked path I somehow found at the end of Carol Lane in the Timber Trails neighborhood just west of Milwaukee. To reach the Van Patten Woods Forest Preserve at the north end of the trail: From I-94, take Exit 2 for IL 173/Rosecrans Road. The second ride was south from Central Road in Cook County. Apparently there are plans to build a bridge. There were no curb cuts. Cumberland turns into Thatcher Ave., which then turns into N. First Ave. Two miles from W. Irving Park Road, turn left onto W. Fullerton Ave. and then turn right at the first cross street onto Thatcher Ave. I started out in Vernon Hills off of Milwaukee and Rt 22. Nevertheless, when this trail is dry, it is an incredible escape from the city. But it can get a touch dicey between Devon and Fullerton at times. I, I grew up biking this trail so I’m very partial, but it was a great place to spend time outside, challenge myself, and explore. It was pretty much a mud/river path, unrideable at certain points because the river had swamped the path. You will cross the river several times on beautiful bridges until you hit Independence Grove which is worth it as a destination all to of itself. About 90 minutes into my ride the wind shifted and it was like someone turned on an air conditioner - in five minutes the temp went from high 60's to 50 degrees which is where I usually draw the line on riding 'cause it gets too cold for me. I got on at Winkleman Road (Cook County) and it took me a few moments to find the trail entrance. This is probably the dustiest trail we have ridden on, with plenty of loose gravel. A strange old series of buildings that have been around for more than 100 years. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. I see a lot of five star reviews and I am guessing those come from people at the north end of this long trail. The only down sides are that there are places where the trail parallels one of the aforementioned high-traffic roads, and the winding nature of the route can lead to close calls with approaching users, especially if one or both of you is moving at a reasonably high speed. Route 60 Everett Road. South of Touhy Avenue the surface is uneven with some rocks and old broken asphalt. The Rosemont side is more well kept then the Schiller Park side. Again, thankful we had mountain bikes. complete seven of them. This results in some soft sand like sections that can be difficult to get through unless you're either strong and can power through the section (maybe 20 - 40 feet) or are willing to just get off your bike and walk it through the area for 20 seconds. The Des Plaines River Trail in Lake County is a well maintained and well traveled trail that runs the length of Lake County along the Des Plaines River. I crossed the bridge at Lake Cook Rd to Cook co. OMG it's a nightmare. How do you find it? Whatever section of the trail that you choose to navigate, you will be impressed by the calm and beauty of the natural environment. The trail is definitely suited more for mountain bikes ~ not road bikes. South is adventure. One concrete section is uneven and has wide cracks. The first couple miles are pretty rough due to the horses. Other than that the trail is one of the best ones to ride on for bikers of all levels. The lake is not managed for fishing but contains those fish common in the Des Plaines River. There is always some sort of wildlife on the northern part of this trail. The Des Plaines River Trail is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Libertyville! Welcome to the 11th running of the DPR Trail Half-Marathon, Marathon and 50 Mile Ultra Marathon along the beautiful and fast Des Plaines River Trail in Lake County, Illinois. I took my daughters for an afternoon ride about a week after we got a big rain. Des Plaines is cleary what the title says one of the best trails to ride on. Being added to the National Trails System is a significant achievement of this work.” (That is not indicated on the traillink map.) Noted some dangerous spots though. Several parking lots are also located along the trail’s entire length, making it easy to access the route at a variety of points. The Des Plaines River (/ d ɪ s ˈ p l eɪ n z /) is a river that flows southward for 133 miles (214 km) through southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois in the United States Midwest, eventually meeting the Kankakee River west of Channahon to form the Illinois River, a tributary of the Mississippi River.. (Thanks, nephew's cousin's friend). I'm glad I finally made it all the way out to the trail's end at North Avenue. But since most of us aren't running that far, it makes more sense to find the best sections of the trail for running. The trail is well marked with directional marked posts and mile markers to keep users going in the right direction. This weekend we rode from Russell Road to Wadsworth Rd. That segment feels a little forgotten somehow. I went south and it was a great ride. We haven't ridden north in a while (agree south is awful) but recall carrying our bikes over railroad tracks north of Golf Road in Des Plaines the past. Smaller single track trails off the main run offer more challenges and scenery. Directions. Mile 1 begins at Russel Rd parking lot. That's not a knock on people riding horses on the trail, just the reality of hoofs digging into the crushed limestone surface. Where else in the suburbs can you get a ride like that? 7. The singletrack is well built (although overgrown) with lots of logs and log roll-overs. Ride this trail often starting at east river and central.Curvy and hilly two hands on your grips.You have to pay attention to the path.Good workout and not crowded.Not a la dee da path.Great scenery and quiet.For trail and mountain bikes. There's some more or less gentle ups and downs and lots of curves and although most of the trail is in the woods there are a couple of nice prairie sections. Des Plaines, IL. This is a beautiful trail to walk and much safer than walking on the street or road. Overall this trail is kept well and I truly enjoy my rides on this trail. 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. 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. Really a mud / dirt path with some gravel in places. Ask fellow travelers and attraction managers your top questions. The Village is working with the Forest Preserve District to provide a trail-head (with parking) to the south of the hotel in conjunction with the ecological restoration of a 14-acre parcel of land. If going with kids, be aware of a few busy street crossings along the way. Deer, Turtles, Frogs,very scenic nice trail to ride. 1. How would an older person ever ride this trail? Nice peaceful walk plenty to see , nice surface to walk on not muddy saw 1 deer by the 294 underpass and south of Oakton St saw 2 deer in the woods about 20 feet away from me, what a beautiful sight to see a doe and her fawn took pictures of this. This trail is amazing! S Dee Rd, north of Devon Ave. Park Ridge, IL 60068. Walked from Devon to Touhy on trail and it was very interesting. Website. Yesterday's ride was much cooler than my previous, but there are plenty of places to stop in the shade if needed. Some parts may be impassable when the Des Plaines river is high. 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. The trail is crushed gravel and in good condition most of the way. The Des Plaines River trail encompasses a lot of space, serving as one of the longest trails in the Chicago area. One word of caution, bring plenty of water as none of the wells along the trail are open for the season and are wrapped in plastic film. I will keep coming back here. South of Route 60 as you approach Route 22 (half day road) you'll find yourself suddenly thrust into some major cross roads in suburbia. Caution should be used here when crossing the tracks. Crossing Milwaukee Ave. near the Hilton can be especially tricky, and the trail connection is not well marked (you have to go about 1/4 mile north of Milwaukee Ave. to find the trail again on your left. Some people start across Dundee so they don't have to cross at all. Your donation will help us to continue connecting more people to trails around the country. Street-crossings have been well thought out with only a few thoroughfares to cross, at which there are marked crosswalks. Slammed through some awesome flooded muddy tunnels. North of Milwaukee you have to exit Allison woods and cross Milwaukee and take Winkelman road for a quarter of a mile. A former rock quarry has been transformed into rolling green hillsides, lakes and a 2 to 3 mile paved path that skirts the outside edge of Independence Grove. It's real hard to tell mud from more mud in every direction. jennpwilliams remarks about trail being ungroomed and not good can be true after heaving rains. Me and my son started just east of the Des Plaines library and we stopped just south of the airport and I must say that I absolutely love this trail. I was pleasantly surprised however to find that it was well maintained and (mostly) easy to follow. Great trail! Remarkably there are rideable sections, but again, I would only recommend fat tires and spare tubes on this portion of the trail. It has its own system of bike trails circling what was once an open quarry but is now lush lagoons and greenery. 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. Between central and golf there is a end to trail and we had to walk our bikes over rail road tracks is this the only way to connect the trail? If you are looking for a smooth riding trail this is not for you. If you park at Independence Grove and are not from Lake County, you will have to pay a fee. The hills are small but what I found difficult is they are very close together and going down never really seemed to be refreshing. big stones, at some point you can't figure out where the trail is. (847) 824-2601. I ride from Russel Rd south to Rt22 and really enjoy it! I am from Wi and we tend to make fun of our Illinois brethren - toll booths, traffic jams, flat landers, etc but to ride this trail is certaining worth a trip south of the state line! Perfect. The Des Plaines River bike trail passes through here, and in this part of the woods, you should definitely not stray from the trail. Route 173 Highway 41. Restrooms, picnic areas, and water fountains are frequent throughout this system of connected forest preserves. Note that since you are riding next to the river there may be flooding over the trail. I've lived in the Chicago area my entire life. I only rode a short distance (Rte 176 to Rte 22 and didn't take any of the side loops. In Northbrook, you have to cross a busy Milwaukee Avenue (by Allgauers restaurant) with no stoplight. It's nature. The appeal of this trail is the diverse areas through which it passes. The whole trail is a great ride and worth the trip and experience as I ride through/ on it at least 5-10 times each summer. I've been riding this trail for years mostly between Foster and Algonquin. The trail is gravel, with some occassional minor elevation and plenty of twists and turns. Des Plaines River Trail - North. And you don't have to drive out of the city to find it. Lots of loose gravel, ruts and no markings. It's actually disgraceful and I would not recommend a road bike here. The north part of this trail from 137 to near the Wisconsin border is really nice thru Independence Grove thru some spectacular oak forest, scrub and 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. I rode this portion of the trail with some trepidation after having read other reviews and my own experience with the trail immediately south of this section (North Ave. to Devon). At the Lake Cook Road overpass you will enter Lake County if going North or Cook County going South. Mountain Biking Des Plaines River trail singletrack Add a review #91 of 125 mountain bike trails in Illinois #11,940 in the world. 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. Cook county provides hidden unpaved trails(packed dirt) that weave through the city and suburbs. This is great for dogs too since there's the des plaines river. Eventually I will make that trip to gurnee. I can't imagine why they say this is wheelchair accessible either. ", 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). The trail extends farther south and north. The underpass under Belmont was a total mud slick and a lot more ankle-turning holes covered the trail south of that section. agencies identify opportunities for creating a continuous trail along the Des Plaines River between 26 th Street and Ogden Avenue, to connect the existing Salt Creek Greenway in Brookfield and Cermak-Ottawa Woods Trails in Lyons. Farther north you have to cross Milwaukee Ave. without a light. GPS. Go to it pols!!! One of the best urban/suburban trails I've ever ridden. Cook County and Lake County. Running the while trail gave me a very enlightened perspective on the relative degree of trail maintenance and habitat quality between the Lake and Cook sides.The trail surface in Lake is far superior for most of its length, with fewer trail breaks. Nothing like biking along this beautiful river. The trail is just a small rut at that point, but the meadow is thick and beautiful and serene. 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