Tinley Creek Trail (North)

CYCLE CHICAGO, SIGHTSEEING RIDE, TINLEY CREEK TRAIL One of everyone’s favorite bike rides in the region, Tinley Creek Trail in Tinley Park offers a lot of variety, many miles and interesting trail options. This ride goes all out by linking three nearby loops around meadows, forests, prairies and a golf course via connector paths through woods and around a reservoir. Along the way you’ll find some nice curves, lots of lush vegetation and a few easy hills left behind by the retreating Ice-Age glaciers. There are several places to start this ride but the best one is Yankee Woods, where you’ll find a nice map. More important, it’s centrally located in a challenging ride that links three loops and a branch trail. The most attractive loop is the largest one around Rubio Woods. The smallest, looping around Midlothian Meadows at the eastern end of the ride, is pleasant but doesn’t give the same sense of immersion into nature. At only 2.7 miles, the meadows trail is more popular with walkers than bikers, so watch out for our biped friends. In between the two loops is a 3.1-mile loop around the George W. Dunne National Golf Course. The large loop makes up the bulk of this bike ride. It leads you through mature woods and open meadows, providing intermittent shade and sun, and encircles Arrowhead Lake, so named because of its shape. Next to that natural lake are the manmade Turtlehead Lake and Ponds, which owe their existence to Interstate 294 since they were dug to provide earth for that roadway. FOOD AND DRINK There’s plenty of water and at least one convenience store along the ride. ACCESS Take Metra’s Rock Island Line to Oak Forest and bike one block west to 159th Street and Cicero Avenue, where you can pick up this ride midpoint (or bike two miles south and west to the start point). Also, the Palos Park station on Metra’s Southwest Service Line is four blocks west of this ride’s extension north to College Drive. By car, exit Interstate 57 at 167th Street and go west one mile. Turn north on Central Avenue. After threetenths of a mile take the first left. You’ll cross the bike path as you enter Yankee Woods.
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Beginner (Green)
Ride Duration: options
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): 46.0
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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