North Branch Trail is a 19.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Glencoe, Illinois that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, and road biking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length19.6 miElevation gain328 ftRoute typePoint to point
Dogs on leashWheelchair friendlykid friendlystroller friendlyRoad bikingWalkingRunningForestPavedRails trailsWildlife
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A popular trail with long stretches of deep woods and beautiful fall foliage. There is a lovely botanic garden by the north end of the trail. You can begin from either direction and there are both paved and dirt trail options. For more trail information see here: https://fpdcc.com/downloads/maps/trails/english/FPCC-North-Branch-Trail-Map-022020.pdf Accessibility: The main trail surface is paved asphalt and typically at least six feet wide. The grade is gentle (all estimated 3% or less) so most wheelchair/mobility equipment or stroller users will likely find this trail navigable.

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Eileen Figel
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eugenia gomez-escobar
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Beautiful

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Ilan Heifetz
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Terrific Trail! Separate asphalt trails for bikers and dirt for runners for the entire northern half of the trail. Trail almost entirely through forest preserves. High traffic.

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David Iskowich
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Tom K
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Road bikingGreat!

This is a surprise for me!!! All Trails marked as Verified Completed. I did not know that you can do long trail in segments and on different recordings to be completed latter as a whole. Always assumed that you must do whole trail at once. Did northern half to Chicago Botanic Garden (Skokie Lagoon Trail) 1.5 months ago. Yesterday done south part to LaBagh Woods (North Branch Red Paved Trail). Overall this is one of best city and north suburbs long distance bike trail. Here you will find long stretches of deep woods (with great fall colors especially going north of Oakton Rd after overpass). Must cross some busy roads, but this is an urban setting. Biked here for over two decades now.

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Vincent Siu
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Road bikingGreat!

Nice

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Paul Dengel
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There are times that this trail takes you very close to the city but stick with it. There are many places that are actually deep in the woods. Consider going on some of the side trails, which I did in my track. It will take you much closer to the river, which is where some of the best views are. Also, there were many deer no once you get off the bike trail.

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N Zhoski
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Hiking

I walk the trail often with my wife and daughter. The trail is safe and it's an easy access to a little nature.

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Alexander Creekman
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Road biking

Great ride.

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Kei Tis
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Nice and easy ride.

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Wayne Shoudt
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We rode this trail from end to end then back and then some. Like most folks have said, “ A city ride that felt like the trail could have been anywhere out in the country. Because it was a holiday weekend I am sure it was busier than most times. So busy that you really had to pay attention to pedestrian and cycling traffic. We had a great 43 mile out and back ride.

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James Ju
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Great

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Ted Grotkopf
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Mountain biking

A great ride for a city dweller to "escape" to the country. Can be a bit crowded on the weekends but still bearable. Take in the botanic gardens at the north end if you desire.

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Joe S
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Mountain biking

This is a great trail but not really a mountain biking trail. Crushed limestone for mountain bikes but not really the single track you would think for mountain biking. That being said I took the trail a little over ten miles north, the entirety of the yellow trail and the black, before I headed back. Being from the city I appreciate having a close wooded trail to ride a distance.

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Leslie Bacon
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a very nice trail for biking or walking that takes you all the way to the Botanical Gardens. it's paved so biking is nice. the path disconnects and reconnects whenever it exits on forest preserve, crosses a road, then enters another preserve (it passes thru several) so watch for signs or have a map handy. i've spotted many dear alongside the path. they are so used to people that they don't even run away as you get closer.

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Erin Hurley
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Nature trips

We came out from the city to roller blade...it's great because it's not super far from the city and the trail is way less crowded than the lake front...I definitely want to come back w/ my bike...we even saw 3 deer in the middle of the afternoon! The trail starts at Devon Ave. and Caldwell Ave. and goes as far north as Lake-Cook Rd...several parking lots off Devon since there's a pool and park there...the trail winds along the Chicago River...it's super nature-y if you're looking for something that makes you feel like you're out of the city w/o really leaving!

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Joseph Mellish
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Road biking

This trail is great if you want a safe and long ride. There is some heavy traffic, so you have to be careful of pedestrians- especially when you are on a bike during the weekends. I lived near this trail for a couple of years and it is great for half-triathlon training (long distance runs and rides); but not an escape from the bustle of the city.

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Paul Uhl
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A nice easy ride that you can start on the north side of Chicago, pass the Skokie Lagoons, and take to the Botanic Gardens.

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Matt Liljegren
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Lexy Prenzno
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Aria User
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Craig CynicalZombie
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Michael Skibinski
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Molly VanWees
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Michael Skibinski
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Tavo Diaz
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Pam Seatter
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Road biking
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Andrew C
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Pam Seatter
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Michael Skibinski
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