Robert McClory Trail

This bike ride through Highwood, Lake Forest and Lake Bluff is attractive and easy. The pavement is smooth and in good repair so the path attracts a lot of riders, especially on weekends in the summer. The bike ride passes through a few residential areas. The Robert McClory Bike Path is named after the U.S. Congressman who represented Lake and McHenry counties 1962-1982. A strong cycling advocate, he lived to be 80 years old, which must have been due to all his biking. Prior to 1997, the path was known as the north-south section of the North Shore Bike Path as well as the Lake County section of the Green Bay Trail. This trail connects with both of those bike trails as well as others farther north, including trails in Lyons Woods, Zion and the Illinois Beach State Park. This bike ride does not go that far north, however, since the Robert McClory Bike Path is not well maintained through the industrial areas in and north of North Chicago. Nevertheless, you could pick up the northbound trail in Waukegan (at which point it’s crushed limestone) and ride all the way to Kenosha, Wis. At one point on this bike ride, you’ll have to bike through a Metra station parking lot. Otherwise, the trail is straightforward, pleasant and lined most of the way with trees that provide a pretty canopy and welcomed shade. FOOD AND DRINK Plenty of food options along the way, in particular near the Metra stations in Lake Bluff and Lake Forest. ACCESS Take Metra’s Union Pacific North Line to Fort Sheridan. The Pace #472 bus also serves this train station. By car, exit Highway 41 eastbound at Old Elm Road. Park south of Old Elm Road on Western Avenue or Hyacinth Place, just west of the Metra station.
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
Fitness Level: Medium
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Estimated Distance (Kms): 23.0
First Aid
Bike hire facilities
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber
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