Barrington Loop

Chicago, Illinois

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Given the bustle of the surrounding suburban landscape, the rural character of this ride seems unlikely. As you encounter the oak-covered hills, sprawling marshlands, and farms mixed in with a scattering of often-palatial houses, you’ll find yourself congratulating the local residents who fought to preserve the area’s rural charm. When Chicago businessmen and their families began coming to Barrington after World War I, they were attracted to the rural setting and saw the potential to create a genteel atmosphere in the Chicago suburbs. They transformed old farms into estates and established numerous horse farms and riding facilities.

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"Given the bustle of the surrounding suburban landscape, the rural character of this ride seems unlikely. As you encounter the oak-covered hills, sprawling marshlands, and farms mixed in with a scattering of often-palatial houses, you’ll find yourself congratulating the local residents who fought to preserve the area’s rural charm.

When Chicago businessmen and their families began coming to Barrington after World War I, they were attracted to the rural setting and saw the potential to create a genteel atmosphere in the Chicago suburbs. They transformed old farms into estates and established numerous horse farms and riding facilities."

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Chicago
Distance: 28.9
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Riding Time: 2–3 hours
Local Maps: USGS: Barrington quad, Crystal Lake quad, Streamwood quad DeLorme: Illinois Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 20
Driving Directions: Directions to Barrington Loop

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May 2018