Busse Woods Trail

CYCLE CHICAGO, SIGHTSEEING RIDE, BUSSE WOODS TRAIL The Busse Woods Trail offers a pleasant bike ride through meadows and woods with sun and shade. The trail winds around a lake and several pools that the Forest Preserve District of Cook County created in 1978 by damming Salt Creek to control flooding. Since there are several tight curves, watch your speed, stay on the right and don’t pass at curves. You’ll cross several quiet park roads and parking lots where traffic will be slow, but be aware that the cars are not required to stop for bikes at most of these crossings. If you’re looking for a rugged commune with nature, this trail, with a dozen parking areas and crowds of cyclists, joggers and inline skaters on weekends, will strike you as overdeveloped. But if you’re looking for an easy ride with well-marked trails, amenities, wayside maps and plenty of company, this is just the ride for you. FOOD AND DRINK There’s plenty of water available, but that’s it unless you leave the trail at Higgins and Arlington Heights roads, where you’ll find a variety of restaurants. ACCESS By bike, enter from the west at Winfield Road via the extensive Schaumburg Bikeways and from the north at New Wilke Road via the Arlington Heights Bikeways. By car, exit Interstate 290 at Arlington Heights Road going south. Turn right one mile south at the first entrance to the preserve. You’ll pass the trailhead on the right as you enter the parking lot.
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): 26.0
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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