Explore the most popular Wildlife trails near Chicago with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
8 days ago

Gravel trail, moderate traffic. Yhe trail near Camp Pine/Region 3 has a prairie and some interesting trail branches theough the wooded areas.

hiking
1 month ago

Long trail with great views of the city. The lake front path is crowded but we just walked on the grass most of the way. Also you can stop along the way and take in the views and even have a drink! -All in all....Great workout!

road biking
2 months ago

If you are a road cyclist who has the technical skill to avoid pedestrians/rabid free-ranging toddlers, joggers, tourists, crossing vehicles, and potholes, you’ll enjoy this frogger of a road trail. If you aren’t so adept, consider riding either the northerly 8 miles or the southernly 10 only. The middle is busiest, centered around Grand Ave/Navy Pier., especially on weekends 9-5.

I walk it several times a month. I Always notice something new. It's one of the many pleasures of living in a WALKING city..

walking
4 months ago

Beautiful scenery, perfect for families & various fitness levels.

If you like mud, this is for you. It hasn’t rained in over a week and the river water level is low, but the trail is still mostly mud. There are many down and dead trees throughout. One of my kids said it reminds him of a scene from a horror movie so not the most enjoyable nature scene either. Perhaps if the trail were completely frozen it may be more enjoyable but there was so much mud we took the main road back, despite the lack of a sidewalk to do so.

walking
7 months ago

It’s an awesome walk, just watch out for the bicycles those guys move really fast.

The prettiest trail af all...but unfortunately a lot of ppl, so be careful.

walking
9 months ago

Didn't walk the full trail but this is an amazing way to get around outside of the city streets if you don't mind walking.

walking
9 months ago

Another fantastic trail in Chicago. This is a bit of nature set outside the city, offering a breath of fresh air with some epic views.

trail running
9 months ago

Scenic flat concrete trail next to Lake Michigan. Can be warm later in the day so I recommend early morning running. You can meet the River Walk as part of your run.

road biking
10 months ago

The best way to discover the beauty of Chicago’s skyline and Lake Michigan! If you’re a local or out of town tourist, I recommend this to anyone who would like to run or bike towards the heart of downtown or their first time in Chicago.

road biking
11 months ago

Beat to do on a weekday as the park gets crowded with beachgoers and tourists, especially around Navy Pier. The flyover at the pier is running way behind schedule, now estimated for sometime in 2019.

walking
11 months ago

Crowd is the only reason to avoid. Excellent for recreation.

trail running
11 months ago

Pretty city and lake views! Paved parkway for bikes, rollerblades and strollers. I highly suggest looking into the 5/10k Run for the Zoo- you run this path and also through exhibits!

mountain biking
Friday, May 25, 2018

gorgeous view. it can be crowded. the views of the city are well worth it

hiking
Sunday, March 18, 2018

Not much to look at but a great dog park!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Hidden gem. Decent Lakeshore walk that is always almost empty - quiet, peaceful breeze even on a busy holiday weekend.

road biking
Saturday, October 14, 2017

I've wanted to bike along Lake Michigan for years and we finally did it yesterday. It was everything I'd wanted. The path is well-used but not overcrowded. The views are amazing the entire way. We went from north of Irving Park all the way down to the museum campus. Terrific outing.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Great view of the city just too many people

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Simple, quiet, short loop on the Southside. Peaceful place in the city.

mountain biking
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Busy at times but well worth the number of people for the views of the lake & city!

road biking
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Very easy, but loved the dedicated bike lane which majority of joggers and walkers understand and obey. Lake Michigan on one side, city on other. Total of 15 miles from start of trail (north end) to Navy pier, and back. Free street parking at Lincoln Skate Park (large pay lot available also).

Thursday, June 08, 2017

The scenery is great

road biking
Monday, June 05, 2017

Excellent

Sunday, June 04, 2017

I never get tired of being on this trail

walking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

No dogs allowed on the beach, sidewalk was covered with glass, but the view is very nice.

road biking
Monday, April 24, 2017

Best biking trail in Chicago. South of Soldier Field is the best part of the trail with fewer people and more trees. The views of downtown from Promontory point are incredible.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

It has such an amazing view and enough space for joggers, bikers and walking pets.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

the pinacle in city waterfront usage.

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