Channahon Park

  If you’re from a small town like I am, you may be familiar with the tiny park that looks like someone’s front lawn. People camp there sometimes, but you’re not really sure why. Much to my chagrin, this is the most apt description of Channahon Park. I should have been suspicious about the complete […]

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The Illinois Prairie Path

The Illinois Prairie Path is a long stretch of path picking up in River Forest in the immediate west suburbs and stretching as far southwest as Aurora on one leg, and northwest to Elgin on the other. The trail experience varies greatly. I have yet to ride the entirely of the Aurora branch, so the […]

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The Great Western Trail

I hesitate to tell you about this because much of what makes the Great Western Trail so great is how few people seem to know it exists. It’s the Illinois Prairie Path’s under-utilized northern brother. The trail is about 15 miles long, picking up near the old train station in Villa Park and dropping you […]

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Burnidge Forest Preserve

Located just outside of Elgin, Burnidge Forest Preserve is a challenging, but approachable ride at a good price point. I like the ride out here a lot. The staff at this particular site are some of the nicest people I have encountered in the park ranger profession. The forest preserve itself is lovely. You’ll be […]

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