North Branch Trail

EASY 14 reviews

North Branch Trail is a 16.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Skokie, Illinois and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

16.4 miles
377 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash

kid friendly

mountain biking

road biking

trail running


2 months ago

road biking
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4 months ago

mountain biking
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

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.

trail running
Sunday, November 08, 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed it! My GPS watch was a little off but I made it. 16 miles later. :)

Thursday, September 17, 2015

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.

road biking
Sunday, September 07, 2014

road biking
Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Sunday, May 04, 2014

mountain biking
Sunday, April 06, 2014

nature trips
Saturday, August 10, 2013

We came out from the city to roller'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'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!

road biking
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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.

road biking
Thursday, December 27, 2012

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

Sunday, July 08, 2012