Poplar Creek Trail

CYCLE CHICAGO, SIGHTSEEING RIDE, POPLAR CREEK TRAIL This trail through the Poplar Creek Forest Preserve in Hoffman Estates is easy, pleasant and diverse. It crosses several major roads, but that is to be expected because the preserve is so large at 4,200 acres. Like many other suburban forest preserves, this one includes a good example of former farmland that conservationists are gradually restoring to its natural state. It’s easy to see why the Poplar Creek Forest Preserve is popular. Biking the multiuse trail is straightforward and effortless. The distance is short; the path is smooth and well marked; the scenery is varied and the setting attractive. There is a constant din of traffic due to the proximity of major roads, but for long stretches at a time you will be able to forget that you are surrounded by urban development and suburban sprawl. A note of caution. This and several other rides along rivers and streams in flat Chicagoland are prone to flooding. You can check the Forest Preserve District of Cook County’s website for reports on the status of the trail, but those reports are not always up-to-date. As a general rule, do not ride this trail for two days after it rains and even more if it rains heavily. FOOD AND DRINK Water at several sites along the trail. ACCESS This ride is not convenient to transit. By car, exit Interstate 90 at Highway 59 (Sutton Road) going south. Less than one mile south, turn right into Shoe Factory Road Woods. You will cross the trail as you enter the park.
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
Ride Duration: <1 hr
Fitness Level: Low
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): 14.0
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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