Chipilly Woods Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Northbrook, IL that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Nice late fall walk. A bit monotonous, but good easy walk with lots of woods.
Great to explore. Lots of mosquitos!
Go to the Chipilly Woods to explore Shannon's Circle. Go to Shannon's Circle on Facebook for more information and photos of this Environmental Art. The creative and spiritual energy here is amazing. Along the trail you will find the Agowatha Arch. This trail is a branch off of the bike trail. If you follow it you will start at Grant and Lee Roads and finish at Shermer Road. There are a few loops if you look that will lead you back to Grant and Lee.
After my first ride in Kettle Moraine a few days ago, I was hungry for something similar close to home. This trail is minutes from my house. If Kettle Moraine is challenging by design, then Chipilly is challenging through neglect. You need to watch yourself here, the hazards are not there to challenge you, they are there because nature put them there and nobody got rid of them. There are not many, but they can be totally unexpected. Many trails are not marked. Fortunately this is a fairly small area so you can't truly get lost. There are a couple of tiny stream crossings with narrow boards. I wouldn't guarantee them to hold 200 lbs. And there are some fallen trees that you'll have to walk your bike under.
Very little elevation change of course. But if you are tired of the sanitized crushed gravel experience at every other "trail" in the system this will be either a welcome change, or at the very least a novel experience. Enjoy!
As a beginner on mountain bike, I was having so much fun with the trail. I don't know if it is considered a singletrack as some portion are narrow and some are wide. It has a lot of rough terrain, roots, logs, narrow bridge to cross the river. Overall, this is a great trail. Will go back again.