Illinois Prairie Path - TRAIL

Illinois Prairie Path - Trail, Maywood to Elgin to Aurora, Illinois

Mostly smooth crushed limestone and gravel, some dirt, some paved.

User Reviews (10)

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silver2003tl   Weekend Warrior [Jul 03, 2010]

A path to get from point A to point B. I use about 7 miles of it to get home from work. Other times to bike w/ the family.

No hills, no tree roots, no boulders - just crushed gravel.

Similar Products Used: Goto Palos Hills if you want something more challenging, a bit further is Kettle Moraine, and the Moab if you don't mind buying a plane ticket.
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DB Herb   Cross Country Rider [Oct 17, 2008]

...Just rode 30+ miles and was bored to tears. For what this trail is worth it's cool for the triangular loops, but there are much less painfully uninteresting trails in any other location in Illinois. The trail is well labeled and maintained which made it a breeze to ride, the effort to avert traffic is also appreciated. The history of the IPP is reason enough to pay homage to it's origins, but don't expect much more than the novelty of riding an old train route.
I did find some offroad trails by 294, but the're undoubtably illegal.

Customer Service

I went York Rd. - Great Western Trail - Elgin Branch East - Main Branch East - York Rd.

Similar Products Used: Fox River Trail is all-around better (even if it is out and back)
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pavethetrail   Racer [Jul 20, 2004]

I believe that all bike paths should be paved. The only thing gravel does is slow you down and clog your wheel bearings. Therefore, dupage county needs to look into paving that prairie path, at least with something more firm, like asphalt or clay.

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Daniel Lee   [Apr 29, 1999]

Very good long trail for people that wanna get out and enjoy some scenery with good exercise. This is really a blessing that we have in the mad Chicago area.

Customer Service

Try doing the Wheaton-Elgin-Batavia-Wheaton triangle route. It is roughly 45 miles and a good long ride for beginners. It is mostly easy with some rough spots for mountain biking.

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FishMan   [Jun 03, 1999]

This is by no means a mountain bike trail. If you enjoy an ocassional bike trail romp, this is a pretty good one, not to busy, and with some nice natural areas surrounding it where you can find uncommon prairie and wetland remnants. The limestone surface sucks though. Can only give it 2 stars cause it ain't an MTB trail (but keep your eyes peeled for trails branching off).

Customer Service

I think the northen leg, from Elgin to Wheaton has the best scenerey

Similar Products Used: Well, The Fox River Bicycle Trail is another path connected to the IPP. This one's paved and has a bit more horizontal and vertical diviation.
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jv-s   [Apr 23, 2001]

This is a great trail for anyone from beginner to long distance riders. My husband rides a mountain bike and I ride a road bike (to keep up with him!) and it works for both of us. No, there aren't a whole lot of challenges for the serious mountain biker, but when we reach the hills in Elgin, my husband can go off the trail for the type of riding he prefers. For the Chicago area, this offers some of the nicest, and varied scenery around. Certain areas, around Wheaton, Elgin, St. Charles, and Batavia, do get a little crowded at times, especially with families riding tandem, and carriers (some running with baby carriers), but that is because the scenery in these areas is especially nice. As you leave the towns, the trail becomes more secluded. Although the trail runs mainly through forest preserves and parks, there are plenty of places to stop for refreshments and siteseeing. In St. Charles there are ice cream shops and sidwalk cafes, in Batavia, you can stop and tour the Fermi Lab. There is a railroad museum along the trail heading east towards Chicago shortly before Mayfield. The trail passes over bridges and through tunnels to minimize the number of roads it is necessary to cross, but road crossings are well posted, for both riders and motorists. There are also usually maps available at various entrances to the path detailing riding options, miles, and history of the trail. This is a 'must ride' trail if you contemplate riding at all in the Chicago area. The only two things keeping me from giving this trail 5 stars is: 1) Lack of mountain biking for the truely dedicated, and 2)some of the trails in Wisconsin

Customer Service

Pick up this trail and ride it anywhere. I like to start in Glen Ellyn (off Main Street, close to the train station) and ride it to Elgin, then down to Aurora, over to Batavia, and back to Glen Ellyn - making a nice triangle for an all day ride, with the option to stop overnight at any of the numerous towns along the way. But there are many options and much shorter rides which are detailed in the free trail maps you can pick up along the way.

Similar Products Used: Great Northern, I&M Canal
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njiplex   [Apr 24, 2001]

why is this even on the list. this is not a trail to mountain bike, even for fun. its nothing but a flat strip. good for road work, not for mountain biking. done even waste your time if your looking for some good mountain biking ie off road, single track. if you want to good for a ride with the famil of girlfriend this trail is good, other than that keep away.

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none

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Alex   [May 12, 2001]

THis sucks but once you get to wildmedows trace and see some steps leading down take them up into the other area acroos that the kids have name "the Monkey trail" these are by far the funnest part of the tril.

Similar Products Used: monkey trils
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Kevin   [Sep 26, 2002]

This route is a pleasure cruise that lasts all day. There is no challenge to it whatsoever and it is not a mountain biking trail. Its wide enough for 4 bikes and is made of crushed gravel. The trail is nice for a sunday ride with the ladyfriend and maybe for learning how to break and turn fast and hard on loose gravel but thats about it. You can go far on it, but so can anyone else. It is fairly crowded and if you are going from villa park to Elgin, Id recomment taking the Great WEstern Trail as a shortcut because it not only has less people, but less street crossings too. the GWT is also gravel 4 lane.
Not a mountain bike trail either-not sure why they are listed on this site...
Excellent trail for a pleasure ride though

Customer Service

The whole thing

Similar Products Used: Great Western Trail (for Sunday cruises)
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Paul Dumais   [Feb 18, 2003]

Start at County Farm Rd and Geneva Rd. Go west on the Geneva Spur, This section is never crowded. It goes through West Chicago, over a suspension bridge, around an airport, and through some forest preserves. When you get to the river, turn right. This is the scenic part. There is a short but difficult climb up out of St. Charles, but that leads to a tremendous downhill run over the river a couple of miles north. (Note: It is important that you do this loop in a clockwise direction. Otherwise, you have to go up this hill, which is a killer. Trust me on this).
After you cross over to the west bank of the river you follow an antique trolley track, which is kind of neat when the trains are running. When you get to South Elgin, you cross back over the river and continue north. This section is full of winding, rolling hills. My kids call it the roller coaster. Go down the first hill fast, and your momentum will carry you over most of the other hills.
The junction with the Elgin Branch is just south of Lake Street. Before turning right and heading south back towards Winfield, make sure you have enough water. The nearest fountains are 5 miles to the south (at Army Trail Rd.) or 1 mile north,(at the Riverboat). This final stretch is basically flat and straight. There is are bridges over Rte. 25, and Rte. 59, and a tunnel under North Avenue. Your starting point is at Milepost 3, so you can count down your distance to the finish.

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North Loop (Winfield-Geneva-South Elgin-Winfield)

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