North Shore Channel Trail is a 13 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Skokie, Illinois that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, bird watching, and road biking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length13.0 miElevation gain180 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashWheelchair friendlykid friendlystroller friendlyPaddle sportsRoad bikingWalkingBird watchingRunningForestPavedRails trailsRiverViewswild-flowersWildlifeCity walk
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Accessibility: This asphalt and cement trail is estimated to typically be at least 7 feet wide. The slope is estimated to range from flat to moderately steep. There are 2 designated handicapped-accessible spaces with access aisles at the small paved trailhead lot.

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Stacy Chesney
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Susan Held
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Ilan Heifetz
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My regular jogging route. Good stretch of asphalt trail. No street crossings for first 2 miles of south end, then approximately every 1/2 mile.

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Stacy Chesney
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Mountain biking
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Stacy Chesney
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Amy Beck
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WalkingGreat!
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Turner Donelan
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Orion Couling
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Mountain bikingGreat!

I took the trail slow enough to enjoy the spectacular art. Loved it!

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Jer B’mann
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Road bikingGreat!

Okay path, terrible stench

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Daniella Chavarria
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Road bikingGreat!

Ride was nice and smooth. Very few parts were damaged roads. Bike trail was great. Nice scenery and great for a picnic along the way.

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Todd Patterson
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Hiking

Much needed resurfacing going on

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Elizabeth A
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HikingClosed

The trails don’t go too far in any direction which was a bummer. Kept having to turn around because we would hit the highway.

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Stone Conroy
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Hiking

Needs repaving

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AllTrails User
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Blowdown
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Road bikingBlowdown
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Victor Gonzalez
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Road biking

Nice scenic trail with many artwork monuments to see along the way. It wasn’t crowded, but these are covid times. The road is all paved but a bit on the bumpy side for all you bicyclists. It extends a bit longer than from where AllTrails guide suggests.

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John Harvey
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Road biking

Great spot for a bike outting. Will have to stop to cross a few major intersections, but other than that, not crowded at all. Room to ride fast and hard.

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Daniel D.
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Road biking

paved the whole way, and interacts with major roads in several places. granted, that’s about as woodsy as it gets this deep into the suburbs. can be somewhat busy but never too crowded. excellent for biking. can also be supplemented by the very pretty trail around the lagoon, which also passes by the botanic gardens if you want to make a day trip out of it

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Derek Ramos
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Road biking

Amazing trail and Sculptures. It’s quiet and a little busy during Summer afternoons. This is perfect way to discover half of Chicago and the Suburbs.

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Jack Kozik
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Paddle sports

This is wonderful kayaking loop. We put in at the North Shore Channel boat launch in Skokie at Oakton. We paddled North to the Wilmette Locks, right before the Lake Michigan harbor. There's very little current. The Chicago river is dammed on all sides so the water is still -- and sometimes stagnent. We had really good water quality because we've had lots of rain in the last two weeks. There's lots of wildlife on this trail. For us, we saw many Great Blue Heron, Black-Crown Night Heron (including several juveniles), turtles, ducks, Kingfisher, woodpecker, and featuring a rare sighting of deer and mink. Really cool. The waterway is undeveloped on both sides. Very over run with thick trees and ground cover. It is like a mini nature reserve in the middle of a dense urban area.

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Felicity Steele
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The 2 mile portion we walked was just that "a walk" - not a hike. The description says it follows the river but it doesn't mention it also follows the constant traffic in McCormick Rd. We were looking for a hike in a more woodsy area. The path does share a nice bike trail.

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Andrea Reasoner
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Walking

Nice paved trail along the river.

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Aurelio Damiani
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Road biking
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Benjamin Schmidt
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Eddie Mintz
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Matt Liljegren
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Road biking
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Zoey Johnson
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Kevin Buchaniec
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Jonathan Eisen
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