North Shore Channel Trail

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North Shore Channel Trail is a 10 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Skokie, Illinois that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 10.0 miles Elevation Gain: 124 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

paddle sports

road biking

walking

bird watching

running

forest

paved

rails trails

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

city walk

road biking
5 months ago

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.

road biking
Fri Aug 17 2018

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

road biking
Thu Jun 28 2018

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.

paddle sports
Tue Aug 01 2017

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.

Sat Apr 01 2017

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.

walking
Sun Jul 05 2015

Nice paved trail along the river.

road biking
Tue Feb 12 2013

Very nice path. It can get crowded later in the day, but first thing in the morning, it's great.

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