Major Taylor Bicycle Trail

Chicago, Illinois 60620

Elevation Gain12ft
Trailhead Elevation621ft
Elevation Min/Max620/625ft
Elevation Start/End621/621ft

Major Taylor Bicycle Trail

Major Taylor Bicycle Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Chicago, Illinois. It is within Dan Ryan Woods. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 621 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 12 feet. The Dan Ryan Woods North Picnic Shelter Grove 15 picnic site is near the trailhead. Along the trail there are parkings and restrooms. This trail connects with the following: West 84th Street Path.

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Best Rail Trails Illinois (Falcon Guides)
Ted Villaire
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"The first section of the Major Taylor Trail curves through Dan Ryan Woods Forest Preserve into the historic neighborhood of Beverly. On Longwood Avenue in Beverly, you’ll see a string of sprawling historic mansions of various styles. After touring the neighborhoods of Morgan Park and West Pullman, a soaring pedestrian bridge takes you over the Little Calumet River to the Whistler Forest Preserve. The first section of the Major Taylor Trail follows an old railroad embankment that gradually curves along the eastern edge of the Dan Ryan Woods Forest Preserve. Dense stands of trees rise high above the trail and lean overhead, creating a tunnel of branches and leaves. When the trail leaves the 20-foot-high embankment and returns to street level, the forest preserve continues to sprawl on the right, occasionally dotted with wetlands and marsh grasses." Read more

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Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
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USGS Blue Island
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Dec 2018