The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Regional Trail Development - Salt Creek Greenway Trail 

The Salt Creek Greenway Trail is an approximately 35 mile proposed trail which starts in Cook County on the north, passes through eastern DuPage and curves southeast into Cook County at the south end. The trail will pass through Salt Creek Marsh, Cricket Creek, Salt Creek Greenway, York Woods, the Fullersburg Woods, along the golf course in Oak Meadows, and through forest preserves in Cook County. It connects six eastern DuPage communities including Wood Dale, Addison, Villa Park, Elmhurst, Oak Brook, and Oakbrook Terrace. The trail also connects to Wood Dale and Hinsdale's bikeway system, the Illinois Prairie Path Main Stem, Brookfield, Lyons, and Riverside.

The Salt Creek Trail is one component of the Salt Creek Greenway Master Plan. The plan was prepared for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County by the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission, DuPage County Department of Development and Environmental Concerns, Open Lands Project, and Charles Flink and Robert Stearns. A large component of the plan was trail enhancement and increasing recreational activities along Salt Creek.

The Salt Creek Trail is part of an intergovernmental effort by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and includes the County, park districts, and municipalities. The Salt Creek Trail provides a link to Busse Woods Forest Preserve and the Schaumburg Bikeway System on the north, the Illinois Prairie Path, and the Centennial Trail in Lyons. For an overview of the entire county-wide regional trail network, see the Regional Bikeway Plan Summary and County-wide Bikeway Map.  


Within DuPage County, construction of the Salt Creek Greenway from northern boundary of DuPage County to Ogden Avenue has been completed.  When an additional on-street bikeway segment in Hinsdale is completed, riders will be able to travel from Busse Woods in Schaumburg to the Centennial Trail in Lyons.  In addition, the Cook County Forest Preserve has completed an east-west segment of the Salt Creek Greenway that provides bicycle access to the Brookfield Zoo. The Cook County Forest Preserve District project included approximately 13 miles of improvements.   Click on the following link to access Cook County Forest Preserve District trail maps for the Busse Woods and the Cook County segment of the Salt Creek Trail. 

The Forest Preserve District completed The Salt Creek Greenway Master Plan which includes a map showing the trail and location of the plan's recommendations. For a copy of the executive summary of this plan, view the Salt Creek Greenway Master Plan Executive Summary. or contact the DuPage County Trails Coordinator at (630) 407-6883 or  via e-mail at  to receive a copy in the mail.