Discover Chicagoland’s Many Bike Trails

July 8th, 2015 by


As Subaru owners, we love to take our all-wheel drive motorized vehicles, along with our dogs, out into Mother Nature. Even us Subaru drivers who choose the city as our main habitat, we still like a bit of a wilderness escape. Especially so if it’s on a bike.

The Chicago region has 200 miles of shared bike trails to explore. Here are a few that you might want to check out, even if you don’t own a Subaru 😉

Fox River Bike Trail
Ride along the Fox River trail for a great view. The Fox River Bike Trail is one of the best-paved trails in the Chicagoland area. The trail starts in Aurora and can be taken all the way up to the Wisconsin border. You can bike just over 100 miles if you want. Weekends and holidays see the heaviest traffic, so if you are looking for something a little more quiet we suggest heading there during a weekday.

Des Plaines River Trail 
This crushed stone trail offers a mix of shaded and sunny areas along the ride. It starts in Lincolnshire and can also be taken to the Wisconsin border. The crushed stone makes for lighter traffic.

Illinois Prairie Path
We needed to include something for the whole family in our top picks for biking this summer. So whether you’re on two wheels or four the Illinois Prairie Path offers many diversions, such as parks, playgrounds and ice cream shops in the towns along the route. And 61 miles in total length gives you the option of a long ride, too.

Lake Arlington
Another family friendly pick, Lake Arlington features about two miles of bike/walk paths surrounding a man-made lake. This is probably a good trail for families with younger children due to its shorter length and plenty of benches for snacking.

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