Inline Skating

Inline skaters can enjoy over 100 miles of paved bicycle trails in the Forest Preserve. Please take note of our Rules of the Trail before your visit.

 

Following is information regarding each of our eight bike trails, including detailed maps of each trail:

Arie Crown Forest Bicycle Trail

Arie Crown Forest Bicycle Trail

The Arie Crown Trail System is a class I bicycle trail located in western Cook County, Illinois. This 3.2 mile long trail, surfaced with crushed gravel, winds through the scenic Arie Crown Forest near Hodgkins. Arie Crown Forest is conveniently located on LaGrange/Mannheim Road, just north of the Stevenson Expressway (I-55).

 

The Arie Crown Trail offers riders a natural setting of gently rolling hills and breathtaking beauty as it winds through the woods. Wildflowers and many other native plants adorn the trail’s edge, making it one of the more beautiful in the county.

 

While out riding, stop at one of the areas picnic shelters for lunch, or take a break at Sundown Meadow or Lake Ida and just sit back and relax.

 

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Busse Woods Bicycle Trail

Busse Woods Bicycle Trail

The Busse Woods Trail System is located throughout the Ned Brown Preserve in northwestern Cook County, Illinois. This Class I bicycle trail is currently 11.2 miles long and winds through the meadows and forests around Busse Lake.

 

This trail is not well suited for area residents, but ideal for those riders wishing to drive to the area. You can stop at one of the convenient parking areas then unload your bicycle and ride the winding trail through the preserve. These parking areas as well as the trail are shown on the map.

 

The Ned Brown Preserve is a 3,700 acre holding located in northwestern Cook County. This preserve, also known as Busse Woods, surrounds Busse Lake, a 590 acre lake that serves as the focal point of the area. The trail winds through the forests and meadows around Busse Lake providing access to many of the preserves unique features. You can ride through a mature forest past a herd of elk, then head for the lake to watch the sailboats for awhile. If you have your gear along, try catching a northern pike at one of the six fishing walls. There are many opportunities waiting for you, so plan a time today to ride the Busse Woods Bicycle Trail.

 

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Deer Grove Bicycle Trail

Deer Grove Bicycle Trail

The Deer Grove Trail System is a Class I paved bicycle trail located in northwestern Cook County, Illinois. This bicycle trail is currently 3.9 miles long and winds through meadows and forests in the Deer Grove Preserve.

 

The Deer Grove Trail links with the Palatine Trail at Quentin and Dundee Roads offering extended bicycling opportunities. For those driving to the area, access to the trail can be gained at both Deer Grove and Deer Grove East parking facilities.

 

The Deer Grove Preserve is an 1800 acre holding located in northwestern Cook County, consisting of rolling upland forest interspersed with wooded ravines and wetlands. Picturesque creeks meander through this tract, feeding the two lakes located within the preserve. The Deer Grove Trail winds its way through these forests in Deer Grove past Camp Reinberg providing access to picnic areas located in Deer Grove East.

 

There is also a multi-use trail system at Deer Grove with an unpaved trail designated for bicyclists, equestrians, and hikers. Please take note of special restrictions against off-trail riding:

 

The natural plant and animal communities in the ravine area of Deer Grove have been severely damaged by off-trail use. The ground cover plants have been destroyed. The resulting soil erosion is undermining the forest trees and shrubs and is polluting local water bodies. This damage is so widespread that a restriction of off-trail use by bicyclists and equestrians in the area has been enacted.

 

Bicyclists and equestrians are restricted to the designated and maintained trails within Deer Grove. Trails which are designated for bicycle and equestrian use are shown on this downloadable map:

 

Open trails will be marked in the field with gray trail markers. In addition, orange trail closure markers will be installed at the non-designated trail heads. It is intended that the designated trail system will effectively control use to prevent further ecological damage and to allow the natural ecosystem to be restored. For the good of the natural environment, please respect these trail restrictions. Your cooperation will help to insure that the designated trail system can remain open.

 

The Deer Grove Restoration Project has recently begun working in the preserve to restore selected high quality natural areas. Volunteers are always needed. If you would like to get involved and give something back to Deer Grove, visit Get Involved or call the District’s Volunteer Coordinator at (630) 257-2045 for information. Also, those interested in working on a proposed trail maintenance or trail courtesy program can call the District’s Superintendent of Trails at (708) 403-7391.

 

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I & M Canal Bicycle Trail

I & M Canal Bicycle Trail

The Centennial and I & M Canal Trail is a Class I bicycle trail located in southwestern Cook County, Illinois. The paved bicycle trail is within the I & M Canal National Heritage Corridor, the first national park of its kind. The 8.9 mile trail consists of three sections; two (2) 3.3 mile loops and a 2.3 mile section that connects the two.

 

For those driving to the area, parking is available in the Forest Preserve District parking lot below Willow Springs Road.

 

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North Branch Bicycle Trail

North Branch Bicycle Trail

The North Branch Trail System is a Class I bicycle trail located in northwestern Cook County, Illinois. The trail starts at Caldwell and Devon Avenues in Chicago, and continues north approximately twenty (20) miles to Lake County, Illinois.

 

The trail winds along the North Branch of the Chicago River and the Skokie Lagoons, providing access to various picnic groves, golf courses and also the Chicago Botanic Garden. This trail will eventually connect the Green Bay Bicycle Trail as shown on the map.

 

The North Branch Trail offers bicycle riders many opportunities for fun, exercise and relaxation. You may want to pack a lunch and ride to pack a lunch and ride to the Chicago Botanic Garden or to one of the picnic groves along the trail. If you’re trying to get back into shape, determine a specific course from the map, and ride it regularly. There are plenty of places to stop and rest along the way, where you can get a drink of cold water from one of the convenient wells. Whether it’s the whole day or just an hour, plan time right now to get out and enjoy the beauty nature offers right in your own back yard.

 

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Salt Creek Bicycle Trail

Salt Creek Bicycle Trail

The Salt Creek Trail is a class I bicycle trail located in west central Cook County, Illinois. The trail starts in Bemis Woods South and continues east 6.6 miles to Brookfield Woods, directly across from the Brookfield Zoo.

 

The trail winds through the wooded Forest Preserves as it follows Salt Creek, providing access to various picnic groves and other points of interest. This trail offers bicycle riders a scenic and relaxing route to the Brookfield Zoo.

 

The Salt Creek Trail follows the banks of Salt Creek, offering bicycle riders a variety of ways to enjoy the Forest Preserve. Pack your bicycle and a picnic lunch in your car and drive to Bemis Woods South. Then park your car and pedal your way east to Brezina Woods for a quiet picnic. You may want to get an earlier start and ride to the Brookfield Zoo for a full afternoon of enjoyment. If you’re looking for some exercise, determine a specific course and ride it regularly. Whether it’s for exercise or relaxation, plan a time now to get out and enjoy beautiful Cook County.

 

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Thorn Creek Bicycle Trail

Thorn Creek Bicycle Trail

The Thorn Creek Trail is a Class I bicycle trail located in southern Cook County, Illinois. One section of the trail consists of 4.7 miles in Sauk Trail Lake area and another winds through Lansing Woods and North Creek Meadow for 4.6 miles. A future extension of the trail will link these two sections bringing the overall trail length to 17.5 miles.

 

For those driving to the area, ample parking is available near the trail in both Lansing Woods and Sauk Trail Woods.

 

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Tinley Creek Bicycle Trail

Tinley Creek Bicycle Trail


The Tinley Creek Trail is a Class I Bicycle Trail located in southwestern Cook County, Illinois. It is currently 13.37 miles long. For those driving to the northern portions of the trail, Yankee Woods and Midlothian Reservoir provide parking and access to 9.77 miles of the trail, including a 3.17 mile loop around the George W. Dunne National Golf Course. For those driving to the southern portion of the trail, parking and access to a 3.6 mile loop is available off both Vollmer and Flossmoor Roads.

 

This 13.37 mile trail is part of a proposed bicycle trail system which will ultimately extend over 33 miles, linking northern and southern trail sections.

 

The Tinley Creek Bicycle Trail offers bicyclists a relaxing ride through gently rolling country. A leisurely ride through the area will take you through forests, prairies and alongside wetlands. With picnic groves, wells and toilet facilities available along the trail route, you can plan an outing, be it only an hour long or all day.

 

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