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Green Bay Trail

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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

hiking

nature trips

road biking

walking

bird watching

running

beach

lake

partially paved

rails trails

views

wildlife

city walk

blowdown
1 day ago

hiking
1 month ago

Near urban trail. Narrow start at Central Ave, but widens our to a well-maintained Trail in Winnetka.

hiking
2 months ago

I couldn’t find the exact spot. If anyone could give me the address to it please and thank you! I love the view of the beach and want to enjoy it with my dogs

Mon Sep 24 2018

Good trail but no water available.

road biking
Mon Sep 24 2018

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.

road biking
Thu Jul 19 2018

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
Mon Jul 02 2018

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
Sun Oct 01 2017

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

walking
Sun Aug 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
Mon Dec 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.

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