North Shore Loop Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"If you’re like many cyclists, sometimes the momentum behind a bike ride is generated wholly by the desire to find a scenic spot to relax and enjoy the lunch you packed along. This ride offers a great choice of picnicking spots, including roadside prairies, bluffs above Lake Michigan, and several sprawling forest preserves. In addition to the many parks along the way, the second half of the ride takes you through the picturesque campus of Lake Forest College and the historic grounds of Fort Sheridan.
St. Marys Road has steady traffic, but there’s an adequate shoulder for riding. While the traffic on most of these roads is minimal, many North Shore residents have an affinity for buying the largest cars available. Larger cars not only take up more road space but also render cyclists less visible."