Green Bay Trail is a 17.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Wilmette, Illinois that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
17.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
164 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

beach

lake

views

wildlife

26 days ago

Good trail but no water available.

road biking
26 days ago

This is my favorite trail so far! Loved how nice and flat it is and the option of biking off the trail to look at the houses especially the Frank Lloyd Wright homes in the Ravine Bluffs neighborhood of Glencoe as well as some of the ravine neighborhoods in the Ravinia section of Highland Park. The only negative I have is the narrow path right when you get on from Wilmette. But that is just a short while and the rest is worth it. Make sure you check out the Butterfly Hatchery along the way.

2 months ago

I cannot access this app on my IPad since the key pad covers the screen when I use my sign-in info. Totally useless.

road biking
3 months ago

This is a great path for biking, I don’t recommend for hiking. There is a lot of bike traffic. The Chicago Botanic Gardens opened a path on Lake Cook Rd in Glencoe, so now you can enter the gardens. I highly recommend visiting the gardens.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Nice trail but VERY confusing. There is a complete lack of signage in certain areas. We got lost more than once and had to ask anyone we saw on a bike where to go. Part of the trail was closed and we needed to carry our bikes up a huge flight of stairs. The trail itself is well maintained and very wide with interesting things along the way. Better direction signs would help!

hiking
Sunday, October 01, 2017

very nice trail, not much to see except houses and railroad tracks. Some water fountains and benches, no bathrooms.

walking
Sunday, August 28, 2016

Rugged walking / bike path directly alongside the Metra train tracks. If you like no changes in elevation, this path is for you.

road biking
Monday, December 31, 2012

The Green Bay Trail basically starts in north Evanston and follows the Metra tracks. I've followed this path as far north as Fort Sheridan in North Chicago, making for a 30 mile round trip ride. For those unfamiliar you can pick up the southern end of the trail on the East side of the tracks at Central Street in Evanston and ride north on Poplar Street. At this point you're riding a combination of very lightly traveled streets and paths. The 'bike' path begins in Kenilworth and is essentially paved until you reach Glencoe where it becomes unpaved. At this point you can switch to the surface streets that parallel the path and take you north past Ravinia. If you check the maps there are numerous community beaches and points from which you can look over Lake Michigan. Most beaches require proof of residency during the summer months but are accessible during the off season. I've made it as far north as Fort Sheridan where you'll find some great hiking paths and a wonderful beach where the water is sometimes so clear you can see the lake bottom quite easily. It's a great place to relax, picnic, soak up the sun, or explore the various nature paths. If you like riding the Green Bay Trail is fast and easy, but if you like to explore it's easy to get off the path and do so. At Lake Cook Road you can take a short ride across to the Chicago Botanic Garden and then back south along the North Branch Trail. I've been riding this area for years, find it easy, family friendly, and always more to explore.

hiking
1 month ago

road biking
5 months ago

road biking
Sunday, May 28, 2017

Monday, August 22, 2011