Des Plaines River Trail: Old School County Forest to Des Plaines

MODERATE 29 reviews

Des Plaines River Trail: Old School County Forest to Des Plaines is a 22.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Libertyville, Illinois that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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.

DISTANCE
22.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
367 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

birding

canoeing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

Complete and detailed guide of the Des Plaines River Trail and Greenway from the Old School Preserve to Lake-Cook Road. 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 complete and detailed guide 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 the Old School Forest Preserve and Lake-Cook Road. This guide provides over 40 points of interest and even more beautiful photos on the Des Plaines River Trail, viewable via your browser at home, or on the fly trailside via your mobile phone.

mountain biking
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mountain biking
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walking
Saturday, July 23, 2016

walking
Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sunday, July 17, 2016

walking
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Quiet walk on Saturday afternoon. The only bummer was having to walk to light to cross over and then retrace back to trail

Friday, July 15, 2016

One of my favorite Lake County Forest Preserves! Lots of trails and love hiking along the river, where I frequently see deer and beavers. So cool to see the deer swim in the river. Love the different nature smells along the river with the wildflowers and trees. After heavy rains, the river trail can get quite muddy and even close at times due to flooding much of the entire river bank, but there are plenty of other trails to hike here. Bring and use bug spray, if hiking in the more wooded trails, as they are frequently buggy.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Ok

Monday, April 25, 2016

Sunday, April 03, 2016

road biking
Saturday, August 01, 2015

road biking
Sunday, August 03, 2014

canoeing
Sunday, July 20, 2014

mountain biking
Thursday, March 27, 2014

Great trail. Been riding it for 20 plus years. Indirectly connects to the north shore bike path in libertyville and the Kenosha bike path off of Russell road at the north end

road biking
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I enjoy biking on this wide trail. For running, I prefer single track and more hills.