Des Plaines River Trail: Gurnee to Old School Forest is a 10.7 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Libertyville, Illinois 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.
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Complete and detailed guide of the Des Plaines River Trail and Greenway from Gurnee to the Old School Forest Preserve. The Des Plaines River Trail and Greenway traverses Lake County, Illinois, North to South, over 31 miles as it winds it's way along the Des Plaines River connecting preserves, local parks, and communities. 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 virtually flat trail. Multiple access points over it's length make it accessible via auto, bike, or pedestrian traffic and provide limitless options for riders of all levels of skill and experience. This hike covers the Des Plaines River Trail and all it's access points, trailheads, parking, connecting trails, communities, parks, preserves, and facilities (including restrooms and water) between Gurnee and the Old School Forest Preserve in Libertyville, IL.
It's a really nice trail with kids and dogs. Some of the trail tend to get flooded and even washed out in the spring if it's real wet or there was a lot of snow. The mosquitoes can be pretty bad if it does flood. Otherwise, it's a good hike. I've done it many times and only really had an issue with the mosquitoes one year.