North Shore Channel Via North Branch Trail

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North Shore Channel Via North Branch Trail is a 13 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Chicago, Illinois that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

13.0 miles
160 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly


mountain biking

road biking

trail running





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Paved bike path that starts on North Side of Chicago, through Evanston and into Skokie

road biking
3 days ago

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

Saturday, April 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.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Nice paved trail along the river.

road biking
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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

Sunday, September 04, 2016