Des Plaines River Trail: Gurnee to Old School Forest

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Des Plaines River Trail: Gurnee to Old School Forest is a 10.7 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Libertyville, 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.

10.7 miles 303 feet Point to Point

dog friendly

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly





mountain biking

nature trips

road biking


trail running


whitewater kayaking

cross country skiing






bridge out


old growth

over grown


washed out

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.

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