Des Plaines River Trail, Chicago, Northbrook/Wheeling

Directions: Chicago: East River Rd south of Higgins, Cook County Forest Preserve entrance at base of overpass.
Northbrook/Wheeling: Dundee Rd. east of Milwaukee Ave., Forest Preserve entrances on both sides of Dundee.

Trail Information: This trail follows the Des Plaines River (on its eastern bank) and goes from Irving Park Rd. in Chicago, north as far as perhaps the Wisconsin border. There are a few spots where streets must be negotiated.

Miscellaneous Information: Many parts of this trail are beautiful all year. There is a lot of wildlife here; marmots, muskrats, deer, coyote, tons of migratory birds like indigo buntings, redstarts, orioles, scarlet tanagers, and of course cardinals, great blue herons, cedar waxwings, goldfinches, Canada geese, mallards, skunks, squirrels, chipmunks, and a huge variety of dragonflies in summer!

Kathy Milke