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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