Knoch Knolls Park - Trail, Naperville, Illinois

Knoch Knolls Park - Trail, Naperville, Illinois

DESCRIPTION

For this area, Knoch Knolls is a very technical trail with narrow, twisting singletrack and knee-high log jumps. This is a legal Naperville Park District-supported trail that is maintained by local bike shops. XC Race series during the summer.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 22, 2011]
50by50
Cross Country Rider

This was my first Technical trail since getting back into riding again. I wanted to experience a single track after riding on limestone all year long. I liked it!. Im 6'3" 265lbs so Im top heavy and and did not look forward to falling. I road 4 miles and loved it. It was challenging enough to get me interested in trying some more.

Customer Service

any of the single tracks

Similar Products Used:

Waterfall glenn

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2
VALUE
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2
[Mar 16, 2010]
robbie aitken
Weekend Warrior

I learned to mountian bike here, so this trail has a certain nastalgia to it. I recently moved to Pennsylvania and now ride trails with hills, rock gardens, and jumps. Still, this trail is one of my all time favorite..or it used to be. The park district has ruined most of the great features that made this park great. A small dirt jump park is what i remmeber most and one of my favorite memories of my previous summers. My friends and i had so much fun and never got hurt at all. But now the course has been hidiously covered with downed trees not only destroying the fun, but also the apperence of the park. The trails them selves are enjoyable despite the lack of climps and down hills. The flat curvy trails have helped develop my skills as a biker, and i will always look back at this park with good memories.

Customer Service

take a left from the bridge and take a single track along the river, very fun and slightly technical.

Similar Products Used:

Nothing really..its Naperville what do you expect

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5
VALUE
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2
[Mar 15, 2010]
raitken
Weekend Warrior

great switchback flat trails. I learned to mountain bike here and rode these trails for four years until i moved to PA. Now looking back i wish these trails had more hills but it is still one of my all time favorite parks. Best trail in naperville area.

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5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Aug 23, 2009]
Anonymous
Racer

I went left after crossing the bridge and it starts off pretty narrow with a few log crossings and a few nice switch backs but what i hate the most is how short it is. Because its so short you need to take a few laps to get a good work out but the trail is so boring you really dont want to do more than two or three laps. There are also a lot of ruts from people riding it when its wet. I guess its a good trail if you are just getting into mountain biking but not if you are experianced with technical trails.

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3
VALUE
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2
[Jan 27, 2006]
idleuser
Weekend Warrior

It's a very simple trail with easy access to anyone with a car or who lives nearby. Fortunately it is a legal mtb single track trail. Unfortunately though there is not much variation topographically. The trails are fairly level throughout but the twists and turns with occasional fallen logs keep it mildly interesting. I've ridden the trail so many times though everything comes second nature and it has lost it's flare. It's actually quite easy to get a handle on. It's nice though because it's about a 1.5 - 2 mi circular single track trail mixed with a couple other short sections. There's one by the river when you make a right after the bridge. It's a bit narrower and a little more... "hilly" I guess. Check it out. The only reason I ride it so often is because it's a 20min ride from my house.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jul 26, 2005]
Anonymous
Cross Country Rider

I just moved to the area from Minnesota (via london) and found this trail online. Realizing that this is Illinois I accepted that most trails are not going to have sizeable climbs or seriously undulating terrain and Knock Knolls certainly has neither. It does a good job with the small amount of space available, and there's not much more one could do trailwise with the available terrain. It's a technical ride with an unending amount of sharp turns. Without any hills or straight(er) sections of singletrack, a decent workout requires riding hard through numerous hard turns wherein handling becomes a serious issue. The past two rides have ended with me being punished for not setting up turns well enough for the amount of speed I was trying to carry. So in the end it's a great trail for working on handling, but otherwise it doesn't offer anything beyond proximity.

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RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
1
[May 19, 2004]
Anonymous
Weekend Warrior

Don’t get me wrong, knoch knolls park is great and all. Its great if you’re the type of person who likes trails that get progressively more flat and boring every month. It’s got some nice hardpack/ single track to ride, with the occasional log. Lots of these logs are natural and fall on the trail on their own. So some people build up more sticks to make these logs crossable by EVERYONE. But then someone goes and takes away these crossings, making things suck again. I have no idea who does this. I understand why unnatural stunts are destroyed like teeter totters (even though they kick ass) that have nails and stuff in them, but when park district police or the local bike shops that sponsor the races in their or god knows who go in there and destroy log crossings it pisses me off. These crossings do not harm the park. They make trails better and easier to ride. Yet SOMEONE goes and rips these things apart, taking away everything but the natural fallen log, and that makes the trails a pain in the ass for everyone. Even worse is some chainsaw- happy loser who has gone through there lately. I found a chunk of tree and PLACED it on top of a circular log to make an all-natural teeter totter. I used no unnatural fasteners of any kind. For god’s sake, this thing looked like it was made by a cave man. I thought “Hey, its all natural, they have no reason to wreck it.” Man was I wrong. I come back within a week and I find woodchips in its place. Someone is going out of their way to make these trails less fun for the people who ride them. Even worse is the destruction of dirt structures. I SEE NO PURPOSE IN SMASHING JUMPS OR BERMS!! These are made of dirt, frikken dirt that has been re distributed into a different place to make biking more enjoyable. Heaven forbid we build berms so we can go faster, and jumps, o man, what are we thinking. A jump that’s out of the way and completely ride at your own risk, what are we thinking. Anyways, all this ranting about trail destruction might get me somewhere. If anyone knows something about park regulations or who is responsible for trail “maintenance” (and I use the term loosely), please, email me. ([email protected])

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Apr 27, 2004]
Anonymous
Weekend Warrior

if someone with knowledge and/or authority could email me regarding what is going on at knoch knolls it would be appreciated. Every time i go out there something (log crossing or trails change) is changed. It would be nice to know that things that are natural and or better left alone would still be in tacted. Is the city changing things or is it hikers,bikers, kids etc. Please, someone email me and let me know what is going on !!! the park district went in a cleaned out what most everyone liked riding on or over out there and now there has been a few nice added trails and or re routes and every time i go out there its either bolcked off or ripped down. Please, whoever is responsible, leave it alone !!! i don't think anything out there is a detriment to anyone...hikers,bikers,kids. In fact, there were piles of would chips left right in the middle of a double track section today. I rolled thru it and a large piece of chip(more like a limb) got caught in my spokes and caused me to endo...now, do i rip the park district or better yet formally complain to the city ?? hum !, all we want out there (and i know i speak for quite a few bikers) is it to be left alone. Natural (fallin) trees down in the trail need to be crossed so let the bikers turn them into log crossings...its safer then having someone pull all the (downed) limbs away from the tree to make it tougher to cross/and or stop and step over it. PLEASE, whoever is wrecking Knoch knolls for bikers, LEAVE IT ALONE !! or email me and explain why these frustrating changes are happening. thank you ([email protected])

Customer Service

when its left alone , all of it is fairly aerobic and it was fun to ride a year or so ago

Similar Products Used:

For those of you that miss the stunts that were in KK ...check out challenge park or of course palos (until they shut that place down also)

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2
VALUE
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1
[Oct 30, 2003]
npfeiffer
Weekend Warrior

Wow! It’s amazing how many people have been complaining about the additional obstacles that were added to this trail. As far as I’m concerned, this trail needed a little more excitement. You folks with the soft bodies and weak hearts should stick to riding on the sidewalk with training wheels if you’re afraid of falling. There are enough places for sissies like you to ride. Why don’t you allow the people with nuggets have a fun place to ride? To answer my own question: I guess if you’re going to act like little girls, you might as well cry like them as well.

Customer Service

None. All the good stuff has been destroyed by a group of spineless jellyfish.

Similar Products Used:

For the sissies - Knock Knolls For more daring folks - Palos, Kettle Moraine

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1
VALUE
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1
[Aug 13, 2003]
gary
Cross Country Rider

well, i was really tight for time and bored so i went out to knoch knolls....all i have to say is the guys who ripped down all the fun stuff out there ought to do the normal required trail maintainence that is needed.There are trees down in the trails all over...logs and limbs hanging everywhere in the path of riders. And isn't it ironic that someone put a "Pit,intentionally dug" in the trail for unsuspecting bikes to come by and drop into it. WOW, knoch knolls has become a complete joke....might as well knock the trees down and build more million dollar homes !!!

Customer Service

none

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1
VALUE
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1
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