Map of the Great Western Trail

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Great Western Trail

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Great Western Trail

LENGTH:

28.6 miles

SURFACE:

unpaved

COMMUNITIES:

Sycamore, Lily Lake, St. Charles, Winfield, Villa Park

HIGHLIGHTS:

Sycamore Community Park, James O Breen Community Park, Timber Ridge Forest Preserve

NEARBY TRAILS:

Randall Road Trail
Illinois Prairie Path
Salt Creek Greenway Trail

RELATED LINKS:

Chicago
DuPage County
Regional Trails

The Great Western Trail consists of two separate lengthy unpaved pathways. Both portions of the trail were constructed along an abandoned railroad right-of-way and have a surface of crushed limestone. The western portion spans from Sycamore to St. Charles. The eastern portion spans from its intersection with the Illinois Prairie Path in the community of West Chicago to South Villa Avenue in Villa Park.

Great Western Trail - Western Portion

The western portion of the Great Western Trail is a 17-mile long unpaved pathway located between the communities of Sycamore and St. Charles. The trail goes past farmland and through forested sections and runs alongside Highway 64 for a large part of its route.

Points of Interest

The western portion of the trail goes past the following points of interest: Sycamore Community Sports Complex, Anderson Park, Legion Fields, Wasco Elementary School and LeRoy Oaks Forest Preserve.

Nearby Trails

The Great Western Trail intersects the Randall Road Trail at the Dean Street Trailhead to the west of St. Charles.

End Points

The west end of the western portion of the Great Western Trail is located at Old State Road and Ali Drive on the east side of the community of Sycamore. This is near the location of the Sycamore Community Sports Complex.

The east end of the western portion of the  Great Western Trail is located off of Dean Street, just west of Bittersweet Road, in St. Charles. The east end of the trail is near several other recreational trails in the area and is the location of the south end of the Randall Road Trail.

Great Western Trail - Eastern Portion

The eastern portion of the Great Western Trail is an 11.6-mile long unpaved pathway that spans from its intersection with the Illinois Prairie Path in West Chicago to South Villa Avenue in the community of Villa Park. The route of the trail travels cross country and away from major roadways.

Points of Interest

The eastern portion of the Great Western Trails goes by the following parks, forest preserves and other points of interest: Wheaton Academy, Timber Ridge Forest Preserve, Grasshagel Field 1, Ackerman Park, Churchill Prairie Nature Preserve, Churchill Prairie Nature Preserve, Lombard Common, Lombard CTA Station, Westmore Woods and Lions Park.

Nearby Trails

The eastern portion of the Great Western Trail goes near the following recreational trails: Illinois Prairie Path and the Salt Creek Greenway Trail.

Illinois Prairie Path: The Great Western Trail intersects the Illinois Prairie Path in two locations. One location is just west of Prince Crossing Road in West Chicago. The other location is at E. Central Boulevard in Villa Park.

Salt Creek Greenway Trail: The south end of the Salt Creek Greenway Trail is located at E. Wildwood Avenue in Villa Pbark, just a few blocks from the eastern end of the Great Western Trail.

End Points

The western end of this portion of the Great Western Trail is just west of Prince Crossing Road and north of Hawthorne Lane.

The eastern end of this portion of the trail is located at S. Villa Avenue and E. Central Boulevard in the community of Villa Park. At this location it intersects the Illinois Prairie Trail.


Resources

Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the Great Western Trail in Northeastern Illinois.