West Branch & Hawk Hollow Forest Preserves

CYCLE CHICAGO, SIGHTSEEING RIDE, WEST BRANCH & HAWK HOLLOW FOREST PRESERVES Two forest preserves are better than one! Individually, each one of these preserves is not large or varied enough to warrant a ride in Where to Bike Chicago. Taken together, however, they make for a pleasant way to spend a few hours biking through flat, open and attractive meadows, marshes and prairies. Ultimately, bike trails will connect these two forest preserves with several others in the vicinity. FOOD AND DRINK There’s water available in the West Branch Forest Preserve and several fast food restaurants along Army Trail Road east of Fair Oaks Road, the first street to the east of Gerber Road. ACCESS The ride is not convenient to transit. By car, exit Interstate 355 westbound at Army Trail Road. After 6.8 miles turn left (south) on Gerber Road.
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
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): 18.5
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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