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.

great local trail for a few hours hike

Great trail. I ran it in the snow and I missed a turn and ended up cutting across the golf course. Nevertheless, loved it. Several flocks of snow geese flew over during my run,which is something you don’t see every day!

hiking
7 days ago

Great trail. One of my new favorites around. Went right after it snowed. With a good set of crampons we had no issue hiking her. I would certainly come back here to hike again or come back with my mountain bike. Only issue with this trail is markings are hard to follow at some points. Also the sound of gun shots so close while you’re trying to enjoy the woods can be a little unnerving.

Nice peaceful lake trail

Very flat, kinda boring. I wish there were more views of the lake. Also don’t go alone, I didn’t feel completely safe. Extremely muddy patches

In my opinion, the best trails in the preserve are through the maple and oak forest north of the entrance. Great hiking throughout the year on these trails. You can also ride your bike through the forest north all the way to Blackwell Forest Preserve.

Great woodland trail!

We love the beauty of this park with the tall trees and pretty lake.

Very muddy!

Fantastic trail!

A pretty easy trail to hike, well marked, alot of walkers and bikers, all friendly. Path became a little muddy after the morning thaw. Dog walkers need to clean up their furbabie's poop.
The waterfall is nice and worth the 9.3 mile loop.

walking
15 days ago

I was surprised that this trail was so busy on a chilly winter day. There was too much jostling for trail space with so many runners, bikers, roller-bladers, roller-skiers and dog walkers. The nearby highway is loud, especially with all the motorcycles racing around. Not relaxing, at all.

I love walking on the bike path! Beautiful, flat walk if you stay on the paved path. If you go off on the gravel trail there are some hills and some grass paths to the sides. The gravel path takes you all the way down to the river which is beautiful. If you go in the summer don’t forget bug spray! Also, a great way to get the the gravel path is if you enter by the dog park rather than walk down the paved path to the gravel path.

We had great loop hike yesterday.
Trail need more toilets than one for wintertime

Happy New Year

The trail is very peaceful and enjoyable. Be ready to get muddy if it’s been raining.

Some great views but the trail is not well maintained. Easily get lost. I took my dog with me and ended up removing at least a dozen of ticks.

great trail....our dog loved it!!

hiking
26 days ago

Great for biking and running but for a walker this is an easy boring path.

mountain biking
27 days ago

Trails are very easy to ride and are good for beginners. The trails are mostly flat and won't tire you out in short periods.

Perfect stroll with young kids or elderly parents. There is plenty of free parking tied to a path is handicap accessible and well maintained. Enjoy frequent stops to enjoy the wildlife and nature. The experience changes with the seasons.

hiking
1 month ago

We did this and the yellow trail (they connect) for a total of 16 miles. Good up and downs and pretty scenery. I didn't realize that a place like this existed near Chicago. Wasn't too busy since it was December but a few mountain bikers who all were very courteous. We are training for Patagonia and will be back to this trail. Pretty well marked but yo udo have to pay attention in a few areas

So beautiful, a few tricky moments but that might just be because the water level was high while I was there. I had to cross two biggish creeks by just walking through the water but my hiking boots kept my feet dry. Gorgeous, lots of mushroom variety and there are a few patches of coniferous forest that make for magical transitions.

This is a very flat trail along the river and to the dam. After the snow melts there are sections that are pretty muddy. The dam is okay, but not a great scenic view. The asphalt trail over it is used by runners and cyclists. I used the steps for a lunch stop. This was a great practice loop for a hike with my heavy backpack. I can do loops back to the parking lot - to add or subtract gear. My dog, a cavalier King Charles was covered in mud from her chest down - she’s low to the ground. Lol. Spa time for miss Sadie. Beautiful day outside.

hiking
1 month ago

A lovely winter hike! The trail petered out when I got to the beach, but that was as far as I had planned to go, so I didn't explore how hard it would be to find again. The trail was easy to see on the way out, but I did get off-trail for a while by accident on the way back (it wasn't too hard to find again, though). From what the other reviews say about the ticks, I think I'll keep this one on my winter list.

road biking
1 month ago

Great trail from Harrisburg to the Wetlands Center

One of my favorite forest preserves in Lake County. Quiet and very peaceful. Great place to relax and have a casual morning/afternoon on Lake Michigan

nature trips
1 month ago

amazing trails. small creek. very woodsy and bike friendly.

Nice hike through the Forest Preserve. Trail is well-marked. Users are considerate. Watching people train on the Swallowtail Steps is seriously inspiring.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked the trail the day after Thanksgiving 2018. The beginning is easy, but about 2 to 3 miles in the directions got murky. We sorted it out, and ended up in on the Forest Preserve Orange Trail that was clearly marked with posts and maps. The way is forested with easy variations in terrain. The mountain bikers we encountered were pleasant and courteous. Definitely worth doing again.

trail running
1 month ago

definitely a good trail to run or walk on.

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