Welcome to Bikeways and Trails
County is proud to be the home of one of the first successful rail-to-trail
conversions in the United States - the Illinois Prairie Path. The
foresight of the volunteers involved in the 1963 transfer of railroad right-of-way to DuPage County led to a nation-wide
rail-to-trail movement and an outstanding legacy for County
residents. Today, DuPage is home to more than
500 miles of trails that are, together, an integral part of our identity.
In collaboration with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, the Division of Transportation and the GIS Division have created a trail mapping application that enables users to actively navigate the County's trail system. The new web-based application
provides the locations of various amenities such as other regional trails and bikeways, restrooms, parking, and much more. Learn more in our trifold informational brochure (PDF)
Or, try out the app!
On Deck: Upcoming Events
Memorial Day to early November: West Branch DuPage River Trail - McDowell Grove closed for bridge construction
Thanksgiving 2017 through May 2018: Salt Creek Greenway Trail Near Itasca/Wood Dale Reservoir - Closure for construction. Information is available in the Trails App.
Holidays on the Trails
It's Fall and the Holidays are around the corner. While most of the bicycle and running club activities have slowed down for the year, that doesn't mean you have to stay in and wait out the winter...
The Prairie Path and the Great Western Trail are plowed in Villa Park and Elmhurst, so if you're a year-round bicyclist or outdoor jogger you can still enjoy the trails by bike or on foot throughout the wintertime. After Thanksgiving, both cities offer gorgeous light displays and holiday events that take advantage of the parkland along the trails.
Do you cross-country ski? If so, you might find some prime areas west of I-355. The County doesn't plow the trails, which leaves you with a beautiful layer of pristine snowfall for flatland skiing. Are you an avid equestrian? No need to keep your horse cooped up all winter, take advantage of the snowpack for a winter trail ride! While you're at it, you might want to take the Prairie Path to Blackwell and sled down Mount Hoy, too.
The trails are open year-round. Keep your inquisitive spirit open, too!