Kind of your best option as a city dweller without a car. This is my favorite trail in Chicago. Queen Anne Rd. Raycraft Rd. Next time you're there, take a break at the bench NW of the bridge over the Metra tracks. I feel lucky to have this trail just a couple blocks from my home on the south end. It is an actual trail for the entire length no switching between streets and trail, it is paved and for the most part in great condition. The path itself, from Devon to Dundee, is in excellent shape. Log in or create an account below to unlock all the great features of Trail Finder: keep track of trails you want to do, preserve memories of trails you’ve done, earn badges, and more! But the top five miles, including a loop that brings you to the Botanic Gardens, is very nice. WATCH OUT FOR KIDS! Today was my first time on the trail. Enjoy! The trail was originally a dirt path often used for horseback riding; though it’s now paved, an unpaved equestrian pathway still parallels the main trail. It is a rustic trail and is accessible year-round from a parking area on VT-105. The project aims to develop a family-oriented pedestrian and bicycle trail for healthy living between Danville and Bloomsburg following the route of the historic North Branch Canal. The sign misspells Hebbertsburg. Be sure to stop for a few minutes to rest next time you're on the North Branch Trail. Certainly not the majority, but I do frequently encounter people walking dogs who fan out across the whole path, leaving no room for anyone to pass. There is a trail marking system, with the North Branch Trail as RED and the Lagoon loop as BLACK. Junction sign at connector trail from trailhead parking, Daddys Creek Section. Date. You also don't need to worry about high water closing underpasses, unlike some other local forest preserve trails. One individual oncoming nearly plowed into us. Coming from the uk I was pessimistic about city cycling. Your log in attempt was not successful. Parking and Trail Access: See map. LABAGH WOODS — The newest section of the North Branch Trail doesn't just follow the North Branch of the Chicago River — it hugs against it. Dempster is a bit nasty (you have to cross two ways, and cross RR tracks), Beckwith and Howard also are relatively dicey (Howard is 4-lanes, no light; Beckwith doesn't have the best visibility). The first phase of the North Branch Trail extension will open Sept. 21, officials said. 50% 0% 50% 0% 0% 0% 0 Comments. It is also very well maintained. Road crossings almost all have crosswalks and lights or plenty of visibility. North Shore Channel Trail is a 13 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Skokie, Illinois that features a river and is good for all skill levels. With more than 65 North Branch trails covering 947 miles, you’re bound to find a perfect trail like the Soo Line Trail - Southern Route or Gandy Dancer Trail - Southern Section. It runs along the North Branch of the Chicago River and the Skokie Lagoons from the Northwest Side of Chicago to the Chicago Botanic Gardens in Glencoe. I usually bike north to the Gardens then bike back to Devon for a total of 30 or so miles. The North Branch Trail follows the North Branch of the Chicago River over 20 miles through Cook County. Most drivers at intersections were courteous and stopped to let us cross. Hopefully someone maintaining the trail will read this. Looking forward to going back again soon. The trail was originally a dirt path often used for horseback riding; though it’s now paved, an unpaved equestrian pathway still parallels the main trail. RECOMMENDED ROUTE Fairland Recreation Park 8.5 mi 13.7 km • 507' Up 154.61 m Up • 507' Down 154.59 m Down. Mason Hill Rd. View detailed trail descriptions, trail maps, reviews, photos, trail itineraries, directions and more on TrailLink. North Branch Water Trail - 181 miles in PA; West Branch Water Trail - 228 miles; Middle Section - 54 miles; Lower Section - 53 miles; Explore these trails using the Google Map! Highway traffic noise also takes away from the pleasant viewa. Glad we made a couple of sandwiches before setting out. You can also start from the many forest preserves along the way as the trail heads south. It has always been my favorite and since I only live a few miles from it I use it as a commuter trail to get to where I work. Because the loop’s west side runs along I-94, you’ll find heavy traffic noise; take the eastern side of the loop for a more peaceful experience. Others have covered this trail extensively. The Gompers Park entrance is east of Cicero, where there is parking, and the Irene C. Hernandez Family Picnic Grove. alley Rd. All together, it is about 19.5 miles from Forest Glen to the main building at the Gardens. In addition to snowshoeing, certain segments are also suitable for cross-country skiing. The trail is composed of native materials and gravel and is relatively level and flat. It also is within easy connecting distance of the Green Bay Trail - just exit on the north side of the Botanic Gardens and go east along Lake Cook Road to the tracks, and go north or south along the tracks. But still, pretty minor. Success! This division is known for abundant songbirds, particularly boreal species and warblers, and has been designated an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. Summer here we come ! The North Branch Trail and Kengla Trail in the North Branch Stream Valley consists of hard surface and natural surface sections. ", "This trail is nice and wooded. The trail has been extended past where this map ends on the south side, and the entirety of the trail is around 20.4 miles, not the 23 miles this map advertises. Counties: Montgomery. Conditions History. A couple of times, it was not clear on how to pick path back up after some streets, but other friendly riders helped out. Nearby, you can also pick up the Green Bay Trail, a busy community route flanked by restaurants, shops, parks, and residential neighborhoods about a mile from the Lake Michigan shoreline. I like to mix it up a bit. Get a FREE Rail Trails Guidebook when you become a Member with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. We started on the west edge of Gompers Park at about 4400 W. Foster Ave. at Kostner Ave. and proceeded though Edgebrook, Sauganash, Niles, Morton Grove, Skokie, and all the way to Glencoe and the Chicago Botanic Garden It is a bike route of about 20 miles and is both paved and unpaved. you get a taste of the woods, the suburbs, wild life ... and the cherry on top is the Botanic Garden. Keep your eyes open for wildlife, especially deer. Located just a few miles south of the Canadian border, the basin’s vegetation most closely resembles that of the northern Appalachian Mountains, interspersed with elements of the boreal forest to the north. went yesterday and there was snow still on the trail but melting. Check out our Calendar of Events! But in general, the folks on the path all tend to be properly courteous. Along these banks you will see an enormous variety of wildlife. Overall, a great ride, and well worth the drive from the western burbs where I live. And as others noted -- it's not uncommon to see deer crossing the path! To access the northern trailhead, take Lake Cook Road to the Chicago Botanic Garden, located east of I-94/US 41 and 0.5 mile west of Green Bay Road. The trail is fairly empty. But you can usually count on having another rider or two to cross with, and in some areas (especially the north end) drivers can be very courteous and stop to let you cross. A new password has been emailed to you. A lot of deer. North Branch Trail is situated east of Lake Dunmore. Biked and ran a little bit on it and can't wait to use it more! Irene C. Hernandez Picnic Grove, LaBaugh Woods, Chicago. Horses, non-registered motorcycles and ATVs are not allowed. 18 Views Last Month 386 Since Feb 2, 2018 Easy/Intermediate. Since the Botanic Gardens only charges for parking, visiting on your bike is free. A friendly heads up that you are passing is always a good thing as you are coming up. Date. I've visited a couple of other trails, and I feel really really spoiled by North Branch! South: Confluence of NW and NE Branches of Anacostia River. Enter your username, and we will send you a new, randomly generated password to your email account. The trail winds through forests and 'burbs. It also has the Botanic Gardens at the northern end. Please try again. The biggest problem I've had to deal with is dog walkers. North Branch Trail Easy/Intermediate. Enjoy! Brookdale Rd. Take the entrance road labeled Caldwell Woods Groves 1, 2 & 3. Do the northern stretch by the Skokie Lagoons and Botanical Gardens early or late, not in the heat of the day. The trail offers wildlife viewers the opportunity to see boreal species like spruce grouse, black-backed woodpeckers and gray jays. RECOMMENDED ROUTE Scott's Run Nature Preserve - Outer Loop 3.2 mi 5.2 km • 348' Up 105.94 m Up • 319' Down 97.12 m Down. Highly recommend completing this trail at least once. Better scenery and no noise. Surface . It's all paved and pretty well marked. Unknown See History. Division roads are gravel and remote. NIPPERSINK CANOE TRAIL S L 700 750 80 08 50 900 950 1000 1050 11 01 15 1200 Bunker Hill Rd. My son loves the little rises and dips along the trail. The trail is mostly in the shade probably 85%. Highlight trail segments by permitted use(s). From Muncaster Mill Road north, the natural surface trail is named Kengla Trail before returning to the North Branch Trail name. Well worth the trip if you live a bit from it and there is plenty of parking at the lot by Milwaukee and Devon in Chicago, or at the Caldwell Woods lots off Caldwell avenue. Add Check-In. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The east side is much, much better. TBD. Duration. If you’re feeling ambitious, a great ride begins at Bunker Hill, a preserve with plenty of parking. Been riding this trail since I was kid, almost 25 years, and it's always been a winner! Trail Rankings #3 in Gaithersburg, Germanto … #319 in Maryland #20,722 Overall. Check or FAQs for more common login questions. The four mile loop trail is accessed from a parking area along Route 105 in Ferdinand, Vermont, approximately one-half mile west of the railroad crossing. Just rode the entire trail today. Quieter, with water and restrooms, all sorts of native birds and animals, places to picnic and just enjoy the great outdoors. The North Branch Trail is a Class I bicycle trail located in northeastern Cook County, Illinois. For more information, visit the Refuge's website or contact: From the west, travel 7.3 miles east of Brighton (Island Pond) on VT-105. More. There is some highway noise around the lagoons, but it's not too bad and trees and vegetation provide visual separation from the highway. "This is a very nice paved trail that extends from Chicago to Highland Park. To access the Forest Glen trailhead in Chicago, take Milwaukee Avenue to Devon Avenue. Another good thing about this trail is that it is long, it is actually worth the drive to the trail because of this. The confluence of Pott’s Branch and Sycamore Creek is a popular stopping place along the route. Weather. Highly recommended, but be prepared for walkers, families, and slow bikers. I ride NBT during the summer work days (being a teacher has its perks). Minor Issues 18 days ago See History. To access the southern trailhead, take SR 50 to W Foster Avenue. Since it is a river trail, I expected some decent scenery but was largely disappointed. I've been using this trail a few times a week for the past month or two as a way to build my fitness, and to sate my refound love of cycling. This was the main reason I chose this trail and was not disappointed for that reason. That fact is what bumped my rating from what would have been a 3-star rating to a 4-star rating. Bikers however, not so much. North Branch Trail is a Class I bicycle trail The North Branch Trail is a Class I bicycle trail located in northwestern Cook County, Illinois. The pluses for this section of the trail are that it is a good length and is asphalt. The North Branch Trail follows the North Branch of the Chicago River over 20 miles through Cook County. Silver…, MD. It's a fun trail. I’m new to biking but this trail, so far, is my favorite. An amazing escape from city life, the North Branch Trail is truly amazing. Welcome to the North Branch of the Old Spanish Trail. Took the family up to Grove 1 last Saturday and we took turns doing small rides. Help defend and expand trails nationwide. Trail Length: 11.7 miles. The North Branch Trail is a 3.5-mile loop bordering the North Branch of the Nulhegan River. Post Comment. Queen Anne Rd. Notes. 100% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0 Comments. If you are traveling a distance and are looking for a trail that has nice views, such as the Fox River trail, this trail is not very impressive, at least between Glenview and the Botanic Gardens. Not infrequently passing without warning. Crossing the busy streets are not a problem, however, be careful at Golf and Harms because cars tend to blow through their green arrow left turn lights. There are only a handful of trails in northern IL that are worth traveling and hour to get to. Wish there were more trails like this near Chicago. Keep an eye out for roaming ice cream trucks in the forest preserve parking lots! You obviously wouldn't be riding around the entire Skokie Lagoon circuit in order to get to the Chicago Botanic Gardens. ... Notice on your left the sign indicating the main trail direction North to the Overlook, Campsite, and Keyes Road and South to Hebbertsburg Road. Love it. Parking for natural surface trail is located at Colesville Road (rt. Most of the way, you wouldn't know your riding through densely populated suburban Chicago. This is a very we'll-maintained trail. Well paved - did not notice or see one "pothole" or crack; Varying scenery - saw two deer. North Branch Trail from Mapcarta, the free map. The trail is asphalt and is very well maintained. Also be prepared to wait several minutes at Touhy because the light is very long, otherwise it is an uninterrupted ride, for the most part. There are several good entry points at the Forest Preserve parking lots and along Forest Way Drive in Winnetka. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. The trail winds and twists through many forest preserves. Trail Rankings #4 in Gaithersburg, Germanto … #327 in Maryland #21,540 Overall. (37) The trail starts at the corner of Caldwell and Devon Avenues in Chicago, and from there it continues north approximately 20 miles (32 km) to Lake County. Don't jump the gun when when you get the crossing signal. Again, mostly north of Willow (in my experience). Please try again. I rode this trail from Glenview to the Botanic Gardens. The North Branch Trail is in the Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge, which protects over 36,000 acres of the Connecticut River watershed. Delighted to have finally found a water well more than half way up...would've been nice to see a couple more of those along the way! The North Branch Trail is a popular multi-use trail operated by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. We decided to head out on our bikes just to check out the North Branch Bike Trail. It is open to the public for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, environmental education, and interpretation. 7 miles. We have seen several deer very close to the trail which makes this kind of extraordinary! Cracks are sealed, it is remarkably level, and the only condition problem I have noted is a small stretch on the west half of the loop between Tower and Dundee where there are 4 or 5 cracks (sealed) that have heaved up a bit to create significant bumps (enough that I like to get my weight off my front wheel for them). While it was a bit busy, it wasn't hazardous for my kids, and we were able to ride/walk at a kid's pace. All in all...a great experience! 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