Trail Location and Access
The DuPage River Trail is a work in progress through a partnership between the Forest Preserve District and 12 other agencies. The trail is planned to travel 40 miles from Channahon north into DuPage County.
The Forest Preserve District has developed three segments of the trail, totaling 8.23 miles.
The southern segment may be accessed from the following locations:
- Hammel Woods – Crumby Recreation Area (Black Road, Shorewood)
- Hammel Woods – DuPage River Access (Black Road, Shorewood)
- Hammel Woods – Route 59 Access (Route 59, Shorewood)
A northern segment may be accessed from Whalon Lake (Royce Road, Naperville).
Another northern segment may be accessed from Riverview Farmstead Preserve (Book Road, Naperville).
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Trail Experience and Activities
The segment of the DuPage River Trail at Hammel Woods is a hilly, paved linear trail that travels 4.1 miles through woodland.
The segment of the trail at Whalon Lake is a flat, paved loop and linear trail that travels 3.71 miles through wetland and around Whalon Lake.
The segment of the trail at Riverview Farmstead Preserve is a flat, paved linear trail that travels 0.75 mile through open areas and a historic farmstead.
All segments of the trail are ideal for the following activities:
- In-Line Skating
- Cross-Country Skiing
- Wildlife viewing
DuPage River Trail: The DuPage River Trail segment at Whalon Lake connects to segments of the trail owned by the City of Naperville and the Naperville Park District. The trail continues through the park district's Knoch Knolls Park along the DuPage River then heads north alongside 95th Street. From there the trail continues south along Naperville-Plainfield Road to the Tall Grass Greenway Trail, which travels 4.04 miles west to Vermont Cemetery Preserve.
Rock Run Greenway Trail: Street routes in Shorewood and Joliet connect the segment of the DuPage River Trail at Hammel Woods to the 11.24-mile, paved linear Rock Run Greenway Trail.