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, running, bird watching, 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.

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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.

The Robert McClory Bike Path generally parallels the Metra route through Lake County, making one-way trip logistics easy as the Metra allows bikes on some trains. Parking at the Metra stations generally requires a fee. Check the Metra site at the link below for more info. When biking anywhere, always wear a helmet. Reflective and brightly colored clothing make you more visible to motorists, pedestrians, and other bikers. Layered clothing is the best way to regulate your temperature during changing weather conditions.

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Veronica Corninstone
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Well maintained, mostly gravely, pretty busy for a Saturday. It is a lot of driving through suburbs, not super shady and not a ton of nature.

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michelle zak
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tbis is NOT a fully paves trail. only about 3 miles of it is.

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Egon Ozer
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Hiking

Easy 1/2 mile forested loop on wood chips and gravel. Great for kids or birding.

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Matt Patruno
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Road biking

There’s a 10 mile stretch that’s a fine gravel, not super soft but not ideal either if you’re on a road bike. Not too many stops and goes. Paved part is well paved. Decent enough trail and one of the longer ones we have in the greater Chicago area.

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Dave Wright
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Mountain biking
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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.

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Andrew Galvez
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James Kowal
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Road biking
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Marissa McEathron
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Abdual Hilton
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alyssa jacob
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Jessi Rock
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Road biking
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Alee Arcos
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Road biking
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Alee Arcos
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Paul Richardson
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Paul Richardson
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Paul Richardson
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Vincent Racioppo
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Stephanie Bugyis
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