Fox River North

OutAndBack • 23.2 mi • 0 ft

From Twain's tales of the Mississippi to Marquette's historical foray down the Fox River's northerly stretch, rivers have long captivated the imagination of Americans. The Fox River Trail is the western suburbs equivalent to Chicago's lakefront. From Aurora on through to Algonquin, popping in and out of forest preserves, wooded areas, and townships, the Fox River Trail runs faithfully parallel to the Fox River throughout Kane County. Originating as a right-of-way for two old train lines, the trail has since become so popular that talk of improvements include actually rerouting the Fox River to bring bikers father into centers of towns. Expect a mostly paved and level surface with patches of limestone and few hills. The trail creeps up into towns at times but mostly remains furnished with sights of the Fox River from modest bluffs and shallow valleys. Temptation does knock as the well-marked path enters shopping areas in Elgin. Things to see: Fox River, wooden-planked bridge.
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Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Elgin
Length: 23.2 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Flat
Duration: 6.5 hours
Season: Best spring to fall
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This is a nice ride if you are looking for something really urban with lots of places to stop along the way (Dairy Queen, Casino, library, etc.) Its like 98% paved with just the smallest part of hard gravel, so its an easy ride. A few minor hills and some twists and turns which could be dangerous since there are a lot of folks using the trail (kids, strollers, etc.). There is a lot of stop and go as streets cross, so its not great if you were trying to like get some training miles in, but its a nice liesurely cruise.

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