The trails in Lake Forest are a well-kept secret. With over 200 acres of parks, the Lake County Forest Preserve, Open Lands and area bike paths, there are over 30 miles of trails that can be utilized throughout the City. These trails connect the community to nature and to each other. They can be a wonderful place for a peaceful walk, an energizing run or a leisure bike ride with family and friends.
The City of Lake Forest is fortunate to have two major, paved north-south bike trails within the City limits as well as an unpaved recreational trail through the Middlefork Savanna. The North Shore Bike Path is the primary eastwest connection for the surrounding area but becomes a gravel trail west of Waukegan Road. Existing bike paths and designated bicycle routes are shown in Figure 3.
The Robert McClory Bike Path is located adjacent to the Union Pacifi c North Line Metra tracks on the east side of Lake Forest. This path enters Lake Forest at Old Elm Road to the south and continues north, through the Lake Forest Central Business District, past Park Avenue into Lake Bluff and on to Wisconsin. The Robert McClory Bike Path has 12 access points in Lake Forest.
The Skokie Valley Bike Path is located within a ComEd easement along Highway 41, a major limited access roadway that bisects the City of Lake Forest. The path enters Lake Forest near Old Mill Road and continues north into Lake Bluff. The Skokie Valley Bike Path has 4 access points in Lake Forest and 1 in Lake Bluff at Route 176. When compared to the Robert McClory Bike Path in Lake Forest, access to the Skokie Valley Bike Path is limited.
The Middlefork Savanna Trail is a 4.5 mile, packed gravel trail through the Middlefork Savanna. Access points to this trail can be found at Elawa Farm, a local destination, and from the residential streets in the Newells Reserve Subdivision and Route 176.
The North Shore Bike Path runs parallel to Route 176 on the south side of the road. The Middlefork Savanna Trail, Skokie Valley and Robert McClory Bike Paths connect to this trail. The North Shore Bike Path further connects Lake Forest with cities located to the west as well as to the Des Plaines River Trail, a popular recreational bike trail in the region.