Fox River Trail

MODERATE 6 reviews
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Fox River Trail is a 12.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Carpentersville, IL that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

12.2 miles 358 feet Point to Point

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The Fox River Trail is divided into two halves: Fox River Trail SOUTH runs from South Elgin south to Oswego, IL. Fox River Trail NORTH runs from South Elgin north to Crystal Lake, IL South Elgin is roughly the midpoint. Pedal through nature preserves and quaint towns along Illinois scenic Fox River. The Fox River Bike Trail stretches for more than 36 scenic miles northwest of Chicago. Serious cyclists and beginners hit the trail for a great workout, hikers come for a power walk and cross-country skiers carve out a path in winter. The trail travels along the routes of historic railroad lines and crosses six bridges along the way. The trail changes surfaces between concrete, asphalt and crushed stone on its way through charming towns such as Carpentersville, Elgin and West Dundee. Stop along the way at local diners, or pack a lunch and take a break at picnic spots. Signage along the trail lets riders opt for the auxiliary trail that detours through neighborhoods and Main Streets.

6 months ago

love this trail!

8 months ago

No parking!

mountain biking
1 year ago

Nice ride from crystal lake to east Dundee. Some good scenery. Nice place to stop for a frosty beverage at diamond jims in downtown Dundee

1 year ago

The south section of this trail from Oswego to Batavia is also mostly flat and paved. It is a nice trail that follows the river. The part through Aurora goes through the downtown area and involves a lot of stopping and navigating traffic. In Aurora, it connects to both the VL Gilman (east and west) and Prairie Path (east). If you enjoy drinking vino al fresco with the locals along the way, Aurora is the place for you. Bring two dollars for the wine and watch for broken glass.

2 years ago

your can enjoy the as scenery, but the difficulty is wrong, this is a very easy trail that is paved all the way, nothing challenging about it.

road biking
3 years ago

I spent the day riding the south section of the Fox River Trail from Elgin to Geneva and back which is about 30 miles. It meanders along the Fox River and is mostly a forested paved path with some stretches on rural roads, and side streets in the towns. Generally an easy ride with some hills, not heavily ridden as far as I can tell, with plenty of places to stop along the river. I had lunch in St Charles and sat along side the river watching the people go by. I believe you can take this to Aurora and connect up to the Illinois River Trail which runs 60 miles to the West.

Next up the North half—Dundee to Crystal Lake