Cycling the District's regional trails is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, experience nature up close and get some exercise. Over 30 miles of trails are offered throughout the county that serve not only as recreational amenities, but as valuable resources that link communities, schools and neighborhoods.
This 26-mile, multi-use trail follows a former railway line, that stretches from the Kane County line in Algonquin to the Wisconsin state border. The Prairie Trail provides access to over 100 miles of trail network including the Fox River Trail, the Great Western Trail and the Illinois Prairie Path.
ALERT: No Closures at this time.
There is a detour in place around the Algonquin Bypass Construction Area.
(From the ramp in Algonquin you head NE (right) on Harrison and then take a left on Washington;
the signs should guide you left along Route 31/Main St. back to the trail to head north.)
Sign up for Prairie Trail E-alerts by sending your email to MCCD@MCCDistrict.org
A number of construction projects are occurring in 2014 in Algonquin, Lake In The Hills and Crystal Lake that may disrupt trail use from time to time.
We will communicate these closures as soon as we know the construction/project timeline. It is always a good idea to check the front page of the website or call the Main Administrative Offices at 815.338.6223 before heading out. Thank you for your patience while improvements are being made.
Constructed on the former K.D. railroad line, this 7-mile trail runs from Church St. in Hebron eastward through North Branch Conservation Area and links with the Prairie Trail in Richmond. A camp-by-bike area is located in North Branch for the convenience of cyclists on longer trips.
This 3.5-mile hiking and biking trail runs from East St. in Marengo to Vine St. in Union. The trail head is located 1 block NE of Route 20 on Prospect St. behind Marengo Middle School
Watch the H.U.M. Trail GOPRO Video for a better glimpse of the H.U.M Trail experience.
A 3-mile trail that runs within a Com-Ed right-of way from McHenry County College to Veteran Acres in Crystal Lake.
A future stage will extend the trail west from the college to Lake Ave. and Route 47 in Woodstock, completed in conjunction with the future widening of Route 14.
Stone Mill Trail
This 1.5-mile trail is located between Lawrence Rd.. in Harvard to Maxon Rd.. in Chemung. Historically, a saw mill, grist mill, and a flour mill once existed on the Chemung end of the trail dating back to 1845. Stone Mill Trail provides a great recreational amenity to these two rural towns and provides a safe means of travel.