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A portion of the I&M Canal Trail in Lockport is detoured for bridge reconstruction work. View more information.
District police officers will conduct trail safety checks over Labor Day weekend on the Hickory Creek Bikeway. View more information.
A portion of the Joliet Junction Trail in Rockdale is closed due to bridge damage by a trail derailment. View more information.
Asphalt work is taking place at Hammel Woods in Shorewood and Forsythe Woods in Wilmington. View more information.
A portion of the Tall Grass Greenway Trail in Naperville is closed for roadway crossing construction. View more information.
Pre-register today for a free family bike ride and festival at Hickory Creek Barrens in New Lenox on October 4! View more information.
The District is performing vegetation clearing at Sauk Trail Reservoir in Frankfort in 2014. View more information.
The District is performing bridge and trail repairs on the Hickory Creek Bikeway in Mokena in 2014. View more information.
Biking

Throughout Will County, the Forest Preserve District has provided paved and limestone screened trails that are ideal for biking. Whether you are seeking a leisurely ride or a serious workout, a trail is available, and it is likely close to home.

Biking Regulations

All cyclists must follow federal and state bicycle laws.

Bicycles may only be utilized on designated paths, trails, or roadways. Bicycles may not be used on natural surface trails.

While biking, please be aware of other trail users, and exercise proper judgment for the safety of everyone.

Travel at safe speeds, and proceed at a slower pace when the trails are in heavy use. Faster traffic should pass on the left, politely warning others of their approach from behind. Do not block the trail. Use no more than half of the trail width when in a group, and be sure to watch and listen for other trail users.

Power-driven mobility devices are allowed on Forest Preserve trails for qualified individuals, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. These devices include wheelchairs, mobility scooters, and electronic assistive mobility devices (EPAMDs). Specifically excluded are riding lawn mowers, golf carts, and gasoline-powered devices. The District offers a special use permit (free of charge) to qualified individuals who request to use a power-driven mobility device in the preserves. View more information about accessibility or request accommodations online.

Additional regulations apply. For more information, download the District's General Use Ordinance No. 124 or call 815.727.8700.

Biking Programs and Events

The Forest Preserve offers a number of biking programs during the year. These include the "Ride the Rock" event in May and the "Cruise the Creek" event in October. Check the Event Calendar for upcoming biking programs.

Biking Trail Locations

The Forest Preserve's regional trails offering biking opportunities include:
Many preserves also offer trails for shorter bike trips. View the list below for all Forest Preserve locations that provide biking opportunities, and click the name of a preserve or trail for more information.

Photograph Courtesy of Laura Kiran

You can enjoy this activity at the following locations:

Preserves
Centennial Trail/I&M Canal Trail (Romeoville/Lockport/Joliet)
Colvin Grove Preserve (Joliet)
DuPage River Trail (Naperville/Shorewood)
Forked Creek Preserve - Ballou Road Access (Wilmington)
Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve (Beecher)
Hadley Valley - Bruce Road Access (Homer Glen)
Hadley Valley - Gougar Road Access (Joliet)
Hadley Valley - Route 6 Access (Joliet)
Hammel Woods - Crumby Recreation Area (Shorewood)
Hammel Woods - DuPage River Access (Shorewood)
Hammel Woods - Route 59 Access (Shorewood)
Hickory Creek Bikeway (New Lenox/Mokena)
Hickory Creek Preserve - Hickory Creek Barrens (New Lenox)
Hickory Creek Preserve - Hickory Creek Junction (Mokena)
Hickory Creek Preserve - LaPorte Road Access (Mokena)
Isle a la Cache (Romeoville)
Joliet Iron Works Historic Site (Joliet)
Joliet Junction Trail (Joliet)
Lake Chaminwood Preserve (Minooka)
Lake Renwick Bikeway (Plainfield)
Lake Renwick Preserve - Turtle Lake Access (Plainfield)
Lower Rock Run Preserve - I&M Canal Access (Joliet)
McKinley Woods - Frederick's Grove (Channahon)
McKinley Woods - Kerry Sheridan Grove (Channahon)
Messenger Marsh (Homer Glen)
Old Plank Road Trail (Park Forest/Frankfort/Mokena/New Lenox/Joliet)
Plum Creek Greenway Trail (Crete)
Prairie Bluff Preserve (Lockport)
Riverview Farmstead Preserve (Naperville)
Rock Run Greenway Trail (Joliet)
Rock Run Preserve - Black Road Access (Joliet)
Rock Run Preserve - Paul V. Nichols Access (Joliet)
Rock Run Rookery Preserve (Joliet)
Sauk Trail Reservoir (Frankfort)
Spring Creek Greenway Trail (Homer Glen/New Lenox)
Sugar Creek Preserve (Joliet)
Tall Grass Greenway Trail (Naperville)
Teale Woods Preserve (Joliet)
Theodore Marsh (Crest Hill)
Vermont Cemetery Preserve (Naperville)
Wauponsee Glacial Trail (Joliet/Manhattan/Symerton/Wilmington)
Whalon Lake (Naperville)
Wolf Creek Preserve (Naperville)
Visitor Centers
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center (Channahon)
Isle a la Cache Museum (Romeoville)
Sugar Creek Administration Center (Joliet)
 
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