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

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trail running
1 day ago

I use this trail to get some gravel miles in when palos singletrack is too soft. Some decent climbs and nice scenery. Trails are also groomed for cross country skiing in the winter when there's enough snow.

hiking
2 days ago

Great walking and biking trails.

Being a Dane I'm used to living in a flat but hilly landscape. Anyway, during my 2 weeks in this neighbourhood I've experiensed a landscape flat as a pancake. Lots of 'little pieces of prarie' . Wau, is that something.
Along the Fox River-trail I finally found som hilly parts. Not much though. The trail was different from the other trails that I found on ALL TRAILLS and by myself. I liked it. Running along the river I would have wished to see the river more than was the case. Probably they grow the trees and bushes to protect the shore? I don't know? But it's a nice run...

Lots of varied foliage and scenery. Peaceful. Will definitely do again.

It’s beautiful

One of So IL’s best spots. Been coming here since 90s. Technical enough to keep it interesting but still big kid friendly. Spent an amazing night there last night with unbelievably forgiving weather for July. We camped at a well established spot by the water about a 15-20 min hike from the north CH trailhead and before the Wolf Den. Took 5 ticks off my son this morning but none on me. Guess they don’t like the smell of bourbon. New hikers should be aware of the two options at the north trailhead. The left fork is more friendly if you’re packing heavy or not in prime condition. The right fork is a bit of rock and boulder hopping down into the valley.

Beautiful hiking trip! Got turned around in the mountain bike trails. Lots of hills, mosquitoes, and spiders. Bring bug repellent and carry a stick for knocking down spider webs along the path. No directional signage on the trails. Great workout on the hills. Definitely worth the visit!

Great bike ride
Wildlife at dusk
Mildly hilly

mountain biking
9 days ago

Trail needs cleaned up, there was a tree down in the trail and many limbs

For this area this is not an easy trail. Moderate and if you aren't paying close attention it's somewhat easy to get lost. history of the woods is interesting. stay on the marked trails.

mountain biking
10 days ago

As a novice, this trail was tough for me, very tough after intersection 30! There were some big dips that I didn’t even attempt, lots of tree roots in the trail, and a lot of mud after the recent rain. Tough but fun!

Nice trail, close to home.

This place is awesome. Great place to walk and hike in nature especially if you live in the surrounding areas! Great place to watch the sunset over the Kankakee River!

My first time here was today and it was amazing

mountain biking
12 days ago

Tried today starting from the Elmwood Park edge. The trail is flooded. Giving 4 starts because the half mile I was able to ride are very promising.

mountain biking
13 days ago

Should not be labeled easy. Maybe for hiking. Biking is only for experienced bikers. Lots of ups and downs. Lots of Rocky/Sandy terrain with many visible roots in the middle of trail. Also pourly marked. Have fun!

mountain biking
14 days ago

This trail is well kept up and looks nice. The trail is wide and has plenty of room to go around people. The waterfall is nice to see. Even on a week day the trail is busy. Go out and see this wonderful forest.

I love running this path! It's so incredibly beautiful and peaceful!

A nice trail that is better for bikers and runners not as great for hiking/nature. Well maintained with plenty of garbage cans. Only drawback is crossing at busy streets but otherwise enjoyable experience.

mountain biking
18 days ago

I will be back to this trail. It’s a good place for mountain bikes. I enjoyed myself here. The view of Maple Lake is nice and it’s quite.

There's also a six and a half mile multi-use loop on the south end of the park. The majority of the trail is wooded but maybe a fourth of it passes through open meadows. It's one of the better trails of the surrounding area and is moderately difficult. Be warned though, the trails are not marked at all and it would be a good idea to download the map of the park from their website to your smartphone ahead of time.

mountain biking
21 days ago

This trail is a good to see. You see runners, dog walking, bikes on this trail. One bad thing is that you have to cross a lot of busy roads. So use caution while crossing intersections because cars are going fast and some people try to beat the traffic lights.

mountain biking
22 days ago

A great ride for a city dweller to "escape" to the country. Can be a bit crowded on the weekends but still bearable. Take in the botanic gardens at the north end if you desire.

hiking
22 days ago

Nice trip around the lake there. Good trail! Wooded and shaded with nice views. Mostly mud trail with several stairs. Saw fish, turtles, geese, and dragonflies. Lots of hop on and off the trail for campers from their sites. Makes me want to camp there! Lots of fishing, several kayaks. I also did the Old Farm Trail section. I would rate easy with a few slight hills. It is grassland area. Saw deer, rabbits, butterflies, dragonflies, birds and old wooden barns. lots of milkweed, I would expect more butterflies soon! Over all/both hikes, Fitbit showed 4 miles and 24 floors. Bathrooms were clean.

be prepared. bug spray. long pants. long sleeved shirt. good shoes. very muddy. trail head not well marked but fairly easy to stay on path. trail app a great help when not sure. fun to hike on dirt path. worth a hike in to see the nature art. An escape in the middle of suburbia.

walking
23 days ago

Lots to look at. Not much shade .. I was dying on a 97 degree day but I would go back

While the trail itself was easy, I was surprised at how much there is to look at along the trail. Tons of variety of bees, dragonflies, butterflies, other insects and wildflowers. Minimal shade.

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