Best Fall Bike Trails in Lake County

When the leaves change yellow and orange, it is the viewing party of a life time. We all can’t get out to the New England to see their legendary foliage, but Lake County packs a kaleidoscopic punch of their own. Not only that, we have the bike trails so you can see them with the wind in your hair. Here are some of the best fall bike trails in Lake County.

Des Plaines River Trail

This trail offers absolutely stunning views and runs from the Wisconsin border, through 31 miles of Lake County, including 12 Lake County Forest Preserves.  It also provides a link to other trails like the North Shore Bike Path, the McClory Trail and the Millennium Trail.  Whether you’re biking along the peaceful Des Plaines River, coasting under bridges, passing through forest preserves or traveling through scenic meadows, the Des Plaines River trail always offers a picturesque view. The trail and greenway protects land along more than 85 percent of the river in Lake County providing wildlife habitat, natural flood protection and outdoor recreation opportunities.

Robert McClory Bike Path

Formerly called the North Shore Bike Path, the Robert McClory Trail starts in Kenosha Wisconsin and runs south through Highland Park.  This path takes you east, parallel to Lake Michigan (but not along the lake).   Enjoy grand views of amber and auburn colored trees and an escape through rural and quaint towns on this 25 mile path.  Make an even more memoral day out of this trail by stopping by the Chicago Botanic Gardens, where you can explore the Gardens by bike at the southernmost portion of the trail.

North Shore Bike Trail

This 8 mile trail runs from Lake Bluff to Mundelein and links up to the Robert McClory Bike Path at the intersection of Scranton Ave. and Sheridan Rd.  Running parallel to 176, this path goes through open plains, cross the Des Plaines River (Pick up the Des Plaines River Trail here if you want!) and even passes by Lambs Farm.

Buffalo Grove Bikeway System

This relatively urban system of bike paths connects local businesses and makes it easy and safe for bicyclists to get around the Buffalo Grove area.  Explore community parks, golf courses, the Ryerson Forest Preserve and even connect to Lincolnshire.  Have an adventure this fall by opting for a bike ride instead of the car with this conveniently designed alternative.  Definitely check the map to this one… They call it a “Bikeway System” for a reason!  See a full map here.


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