Riding the trails by bicycle 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.
Tip: Use our interactive map to locate specific bike trails!
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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.
TRAIL CLOSURE - ALGONQUIN: The Prairie Trail will be closed between Main St. in Algonquin Rd. to just south of the connecting trail from a subdivision off Pyott Rd (at the Material Service wash plant). There will be no access from the Meyer Road Parking Lot until July 30th to ALL thru traffic. The Meyer Rd. Parking Lot is closed and will reopen in mid June for southbond trail users only.
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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 Rt. 20 on Prospect St. behind Marengo Middle School.
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.
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.