Map of bike paths / walking paths in the the Greater Chicago Metropolitan area


Recreational trails for walking & cycling in the Chicago Metropolitan Area, Illinois

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Regional Trails

Chicago is situated on the shores of Lake Michigan in Northeastern Illinois. It is the third largest city in the United States with a rich history and located in a beautiful part of the country. There is the lake front area with views of the Chicago Skyline and the ships and sailboats out on the water. The surrounding countryside has rivers and forests in between the residential neighborhoods and commercial centers.

The city and the surrounding suburban communities have a multitude of lengthy recreational trails for bike riding, walking, running and exploring nature. These trails my travel along the shores of Lake Michigan, through the urban landscape along an abandoned railroad right-of-way or through the natural areas along one of the many rivers in this region.

Below is a list of some of the major trail systems in the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area. Trail names will link to articles and maps for that specific trail.

Cal-Sag Trail 12 unpaved Lemont, Midloathian
Chicago Lakefront Trail 18 paved Chicago
Des Plaines River Trail 28+ unpaved/paved Wisconsin Border  to Chicago
DuPage River Trail 16+ paved Naperville
Fox River Trail 37+ paved Elgin, Aurora, Oswego
Great Western Trail 17 unpaved Sycamore, St. Charles
Illinois and Michigan Canal Trail I&M Canal Trail 72 unpaved Peru to Joliet
Illinois Prairie Path 30 paved/unpaved Aurora, Wheaton, Lombard, Bellwood, Lindenhurst
Millennium Trail 30 unpaved/paved Mundelein, Ivanhoe, Round Lake
North Branch Trail 37 paved/unpaved Northbrook, Glencoe, Glenview, Niles, Chicago
Old Plank Road Trail 20 paved Joliet, Frankfort, Park Forest
Prairie Trail 26 paved Algonquin to Wisconsin Border
Robert McClory Bike Path 22 paved Highland Park, Lake Forest, Waukegan, Zion
Salt Creek Greenway Trail & Salt Creek Trail 41 paved Elhurst, Itasca, Brookfield, Lyons
Skokie Valley Bike Path 9.5 paved Lake Forest, Highland Park
Southern DuPage County Regional Trail 46 paved Aurora, Naperville, Bolingbrook, Woodridge
The 606 - Bloomingdale Trail 2.8 paved Chicago
Thorn Creek Trail 22 paved/unpaved Park Forest, South Chicago Heights, Lansing
Virgil Gilman Nature Trail and Virgil Gilman Trail 12 paved Sugar Grove, Aurora
Wauponsee Glacial Trail 22 unpaved Joliet, Manhattan


Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the recreational trails located in Chicago, Illinois

Individual Maps for Recreational Trails in Illinois

Here is a list of links to the individual maps for specific recreational trails in the State of Illinois.