Lake County’s Best Fall Bike Trails

Very few things are as beautiful as a bike ride through a fall forest.  And as we settle into autumn, it’s time to get out and enjoy the kaleidoscope of colors that Lake County bike trails have to offer.

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.

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.   http://www.vbg.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/90

 

Looking for some trails that get you away from it all? 

Chain O Lakes Bike Path in Antioch
Enjoy brisk breezes off of the Chain O’Lakes and surround yourself in stunning fall scenes on this easy 3.2 mile paved trail.   (Parking is available at the north end of the trail along Rollins Road and at Grant Woods Forest Preserve off County 55 and Grand Avenue/Rt. 132, both east of Fox Lake Road.)

Illinois State Beach in Zion
If you’re looking for a scenic view, this is the trail for you.  This trail winds along the shores of Lake Michigan, grassy sand dunes, wetlands, open prairies and diverse woodlands.  The trail itself is as diverse as the environment and is paved, with various sections of stone, grass, dirt and even sandy sections.  See Map  http://dnr.state.il.us/Lands/landmgt/parks/R2/ILB/ILB_SiteMap.pdf

With so many trails to explore this fall, it’s time to get moving!  Enjoy this beautiful weather and explore Lake County on these and many more bike trails!

Wherever the ride takes you, be sure to share your photos with #VisitLakeCounty

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