Short Bike Rides in and around Chicago
by Christopher Percy Collier (The Globe Pequot Press)
© Christopher Percy Collier/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.
The mountain biking trails are great- John Muir for the more adventurous, Emma Carlin and the connector for the single track but less technical ride. GET A TRAIL PASS. The ticket for parking or riding without a pass is $15. The corner store, which also sells the trail passes, has FABULOUS food. Also have supplies for your bike, and have both mountain and road bike rentals. You can also park your car at the store parking lot, and ride the 1.5 miles to the trailhead for the John Muir trails. This will save you $7! Pine Woods campground is nearby, and has very comfy campsites that are more like camping in the woods than putting a tent up in a parking lot. Road cycling is decent, although can get heavy on the traffic on the weekends.
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