Regional Trail Development - West Branch DuPage River Trail
The West Branch DuPage River Trail is a 23-mile trail which connects the communities of Hanover Park, Bloomingdale, Bartlett, Wayne, Carol Stream, West Chicago, Winfield, Warrenville, and Naperville along the West Branch of the DuPage River. This trail includes approximately eighteen miles of existing facilities such as Timber Ridge Trail and segments along the Great Western Trail through Winfield Mounds and Blackwell Forest Preserves, and through the City of Naperville. The trail connects several branches of the Illinois Prairie Path (at Timber Ridge, Winfield Mounds, and Warrenville Grove Forest Preserves).
This regional trail will link to community trail plans in Naperville, West Chicago, Winfield, Warrenville, and Carol Stream. The north end of the trail connects to the North Central DuPage Regional Trail which will provide a connection along Bartlett Road into northwest Cook County. The south end of the trail leads users into Will County (Naperville) and includes access to destinations like Knoch Knolls Park and Whalon Lake. There are conceptual plans to extend the trail further south.
The West Branch DuPage River Trail is an intergovernmental effort led by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and includes municipalities, park districts, and the DuPage County Division of Transportation.
The West Branch DuPage River Trail is complete from Blackwell Forest preserve south to Knoch Knolls Park in Will County. Here is the status of the three missing segments of this regional trail:
Carol Stream and DuPage County Forest Preserve have been working cooperatively to complete the gap along Fair Oaks Road between St. Charles Road and the West Branch Forest Preserve. Construction is anticipated for 2015.
The Winfield Mounds Trail segment is anticipated for 2016 construction. It will develop the trail segment between Winfield Mounds Forest Preserve and West DuPage Woods Forest This segment will include 2.1 miles of off-street trail and 0.6 miles of on-street bikeway.
The trail segment between the West Branch Woods and Blackwell Forest Preserve will be the last remaining part of the West Branch DuPage River Trail to be developed. This trail segment poses technical, environmental, and property ownership challenges that pose hurdles to its development. There is no timetable for the development of this missing connection. In the short term, partner agencies may identify an alternative route until this segment can be designed, funded, and constructed.
To download maps of the West Branch DuPage River Trail, click on the following links: north WBDRGT and south WBDRGT.
For further information on this project, please contact Planning and Development Department of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County at (630) 933-7200.