31 miles, 1-3 hours
The Des Plaines River Trail and Greenway follows the Des Plaines River through Lake County, IL from the Wisconsin-Illinois state line to Deerfleld, IL connecting 10 preserves as well as local parks and communities over 31 miles. Unlike typicall arrow straight rails-to-trails projects, this improved trail offers quiet and fun riding as it meanders lazily to and fro following the Des Plaines River over a mostly flat trail. Multiple access points and limited road crossings provide limitless options for riders of all levels of skill and experience.
This complete, detailed and location aware guide covers the Des Plaines River Trail through Lake County, IL with 100+ points of interest and even more photos. It includes all it's access points, trailheads, parking, connecting trails, communities, parks, preserves, and facilities (including restrooms and water) from the Wisconsin-Illinois state line to Lake-Cook Road making your outing and planning a breeze-either at home via your browser, or on the fly trailside via your mobile phone.
The Des Plaines River Trail on the shores of the Des Plaines River, is susceptible to flooding during or immediately after periods of wet weather. Sections of the trail that are wet or underwater should not be used until they have been dry for 24 hours.
When biking anywhere, always wear a helmet and eye protection.
Be prepared for changing riding surfaces and vehicle, pesdestrian, and bike traffic.
Always follow the rules of the road.
Reflective and brightly colored clothing make you more visible to motorists, pedestrians, and other bikers.
Layered clothing is the best way to regulate your temperature during changing weather conditions and activity level.
Be prepared: make sure your bike is in excellent condition, bring water, snacks, and bike tools