Bicycling in Illinois

Bicycle Trails and Routes for Cyclists in Illinois

There are several good guide books for trails in bicycle routes in Illinois. A couple of these are: Biking Illinois, and The Complete Grand Illinois Trail Guidebook. See more about these on the Resources for Cyclists page.

Supported Rides in Illinois

Supported rides are a favorite of many cyclists. Clubs and various organizations plan and support one day rides in Illinois. Routes vary in length and difficulty. Typically the routes are bicycle friendly. Some support causes. Mike Bentley provides an annual list of Bicycle Rides that he says is, "The Original Illinois Bike Rides website serving cyclists since 1999." You can find his Bike Ride page at Illinois Rides

Northern Illinois Trails

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Northern Illinois has many tails. Some are useful for getting around in the western suburbs of Chicago while avoiding heavily trafficked roads.

Fox River Trail

The southern section of this trail begins in Oswego.

V.L Gillman Trail

bike with trailer The V.L. Gillman Trail starts in southeast Aurora, crossing Illinois Route 25 just north of Montgomery as it heads west. At Route 25, S. Broadway in Aurora, the trail crosses the Fox River on an old railroad bridge as it heads toward Waubonsee Community College.

The Prairie Path

Illinois and Michigan Canal Trail

This trail passes through state parks and rural areas along the old I and M Canal tow path, once used by mules to tow boats. It is a limestone trail. I have ridden it with road bikes. You may prefer wider tires. Here is a link for more information. Illinois DNR IM Canal

Active Transportation Alliance Chicago

The Active Transportation Alliance, orginally founded in 1985 as the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, is involved in advocacy for bicycling. Their site says, "We work with local residents and community leaders to create more convenient biking options." You can find out more about the alliance and their resources at: Active Transportation Alliance

Southern Illinois Trails

Tunnel on Hill Trail

Tunnel Hill State Trail

You will find more information about this trail on the Tunnel Hill Trail page.


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Links of Interest

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