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Robert McClory Bike Trail is a 25.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Great Lakes, Illinois that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, trail running, birding, and road biking and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

25.4 miles
295 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash

kid friendly

road biking

trail running


bird watching



wild flowers

The Robert McClory Bike Trail may be known by many names, but it's soul has always remained the same-a straight, flat bike trail that traverses through Lake County, IL from Highland Park on the south to the Wisconsin/Illinois State line on the north and all the eastern Lake County municipalities in between. This trail was born again from the now defunct Chicago, North Shore and Milwaukee electric railroad corridor-hence it is sometimes mistakenly called the North Shore bike path/trail. Some locals may also call in the Green Bay trail, which it connects to on the south. This paved and screened trail connects to three other major trails-Green Bay Trail on the south, Kenosha County Bike Trail on the north, and the East-West North Shore trail in Lake Bluff. The trail parallels the Metra regional railway which runs North-South through Lake County. With both the connecting trail and Metra access, just about any length ride is possible whether it's one-way or round trip. The bike trail alternates between tree lined urban throughways, quaint downtowns, and neighborhoods on the south end to more rural alternating prairies and tree sheltered trails on the north end.

mountain biking
11 months ago

Gravel trail, some ok sights but nothing great really. I prefer the section of this trail in kenosha county that is just north of this trail. It is paved and wooded and has a better back woods feel to it.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017