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 bikeways and trails that are, together, an integral part of our county's identity.
The links on the left side of this web page will bring you to our informational pages, where you can learn more about the regional trail experiences that DuPage County offers for its residents and visitors. Follow the links on the right side of the page to interact with any ongoing projects or plan your trip on our trails network.
DuPage Trails Are Open
The County's trails are currently open to recreational users. Please help us continue to fight the spread of COVID-19 by socially distancing while on the trails. Maintain a minimum of six feet of separation between yourself and other trail users at all times. And please be courteous of strangers' wishes to socially distance as well.
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. Try out the app!
Gear Up: Upcoming Events
Aurora Branch under I-88 Now Open!: The underpass under I-88 has been reconstructed. Future intermittent closures will be necessary for the demolition of the old bridge to continue, and we ask for your patience as the Tollway follows through with their bridge replacement project. In the meantime, enjoy the new tunnel!
Gary Avenue Trail is Under Construction: The trail along the west side of Gary Avenue will connect the Great Western Trail to Army Trail Road. Look out for the new asphalt path later this summer! See the latest article from the Daily Herald for more information.
The Elgin Branch over IL Route 59 is open again! Have you seen the Great Western Trail extension in West Chicago, yet? Or, how about the Taylor Avenue Tunnel underneath the Union-Pacific Railroad in Glen Ellyn?