Rails to Trails:
Information on trails locally and across the country.
Area trails accommodate a variety of users. Keep in mind the area parks and forest preserves can be heavily populated at certain times. How we use and behave on the trails is important in keeping all users safe and allowing for positive and enjoyable experiences.
Some of the Basics:
Respect the trail - know what is allowed, follow the rules, leave it cleaner than you found it, and leave no trace that you were there. Be safe both for yourself and others that you encounter while on the trail. Before you leave, let someone know where you have gone and when you will be back.
Bikers - Yield to Runners/Walkers
Runners - Yield to hikers
Bikers - Yield to Hikers, Runners, and other Bikers:
Talk first. Give a pleasant greeting to make sure the other trail user knows you are nearby. The best practice is to SLOW DOWN and be prepared to stop. Single track trails may require you to pull to the side of the trail, putting down outside trail foot to allow pedestrians to pass. Hikers and runners have the right of way.
Dogs are required to be on a leash. Please bring waste bags to clean up after your pet.