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A must go in Chicago, especially great at night. The riverwalk is now complete so you can walk all the way from Michigan Ave around Wacker. The views are great, you can stop and have lunch, dinner or a drink at and in the night sky, the building lights are one of the best views in all of Chicago. Easy walking path with stairs, ramps and elevators for easy access.

Nice views of the city skyline and lake as others have referenced.

Loved this trail. Different types of settings all during one trail.

hiking
19 days ago

This is a great trail. Just a heads up the trail closes at 5 pm daily. I am going to come back to this and visit the center they have there and hike the other trails around.

loved it

road biking
1 month ago

I really like this Trail. it's beautiful whether it's sunrise sunset or midday. It's heavily trafficked so sometimes it's a little challenging riding a bike when people don't follow the rules by staying to the right. they've had a hole in the pavement since May looks like a sinkhole of some type now they have horses over it so you don't fall in but they haven't repaired that and it's been 5 months. however one of the best things about this path is that it's a Loop that you don't have to ever cross traffic and I find that very beneficial

This is a fun trail. There are historical sites on this hike. Which are nice to see. Some of the trail is hard to follow but you will find your way. This is a easy trail to do which is mostly flat.

My kids and I did the loop out to the beach. It was very nice. The trail is mostly stairs and boardwalk. A few cool observation points that look out over a view. Nice places to stop for a snack. Overall, nice, but a little short.

Beautiful woodsy trail. Wide unpaved path. Tall trees all around. Very easy walk with a couple hilly parts to keep it interesting. Birds everywhere. Took us an hour on a Saturday afternoon.

The birds were out in force today

hiking
1 month ago

Very pretty hike with some really nice views of the lake after the first big climb. Bring bug spray for the woodsy sections.

walking
2 months ago

You can choose the paved trail or go off on the unmarked gravel trails that run more or less parallel through the woods. The paved trail is super easy and would be great for strollers and bikes and just taking it easy. The gravel woodsy trail is easy-moderate and was much more fun without being sketchy. I went at 2pm on a Tuesday and there was hardly anyone on it. By 4pm it started really picking up. Great maintained trail.

Beautiful views of the city. A great urban trail

trail running
2 months ago

Nice views!

hiking
2 months ago

Bug guard is highly recommended gnats are right in your face. Wildflowers, mushrooms, wildlife, sand dunes to climb, and a few mini bridges to walk over made this hike pretty entertaining. Secluded when I visited which I rather enjoyed.

hiking
2 months ago

I loved this hike! Beautiful, interesting woods along a swamp with lots of wildflowers and hills A few steep, sandy dune climbs, but altogether not too bad. Wonderful stop at the Lake Michigan beach about half way through the hike.

Very pretty trail. Gets hot so go early. Partially paved.

Nice quick trail in the woods with a river over look..... very small forest preserve but nice place to get out for a little while. Canoe access on the I&M canal and shore access for fishing on the river. Some parts with steeper elevation but overall very easy hike.

beautiful! I love taking my kids here. there's a lot in direct sun, so it's harder in the dead of summer. outhouse on site is a perk!

walking
3 months ago

Great hike with my 3 daughters ages 13, 11 and 7. They all did great and it was challenging in areas but they handled it. it took an hour and a half round trip but we could've walked longer. Bugs weren't too bad. beautiful scenery with a creek and many forms of wildlife.

walking
3 months ago

Nice trail to walk right by the river, can watch the boats pass and see the historic city.

Walked this trail a lot as a tourist. Fantastic trail with so many sights to see, from grand buildings to Lake Michigan.

the reviews and easy rating are true. can't really go off the beaten/paved path. too easy for me and my doggo, but probably perfect for families with small children.

Love this trail. You can rent bikes, swim, buy a kite, rent jet skis or paddle boats and stop for a bit or a beer or a coffee.

With the Dunes State Park trails becoming crowded ... We're hiking The Calumet Trail more and more. it's not a bad trek. With just enough historical sites, changes in types of terrain and elevations to not make this boring. But be prepared for the humidity, ticks and mosquitoes ... Permethrin treated clothing and repellent should be a used.

With no supervision visible anywhere on site .. A big problem developing is the amount of dogs with owners not picking up after them on the trails ... Where it is clearly posted No Dogs... Another is the increasing amount of people on bicycles flying around blind corners or narrow pathways..

Even with the rudeness of some ... There is a peace and serenity here, which hikers love. But unfortunately it is broken by the High Tension Wires and Trains that remind you ... that you are still in NW Indiana ...

But even with the modern distractions ... We still feel fortunate to have this gem here ...

pick up after yourselves and leave only footprints ...

Really fun walk. Great Chicago architecture, river, restaurants, people watching. Great for photography too.

Went from 12 foot wide nice trail to barely negotiable dense woods full of poison ivy

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