biking + hiking
Great Western Bike Trail
FEATURES: 14 MILES | An abandoned railway from St. Charles to the DeKalb County Line. Bicycling, hiking, and snowmobiling when there is 4" of snow on trail. Shelters and rest areas along trails.
River Bend Bike Trail
FEATURES: 131 ACRES | An Illinois Land & Water Reserve, this large and extremely diverse landscape environment features restored woodlands, wetlands, prairie and savanna areas with a picnic pavilion and walking trails.
Virgil L. Gilman Trail
FEATURES: 9 MILES | From Ohio Street, south of Montgomery, northwest to Bliss Woods on Bliss Road, north of Sugar Grove. The Fox River is crossed on a covered bridge between Rt. 25 and Rt. 31 in Aurora, north of Ashland Avenue.
Illinois Prairie Path
FEATURES: 62 MILES | Biking, hiking, jogging, equestrian, and nature trails, the Illinois Prairie Path is an amazing natural resource. Access the Geneva Spur from Route 25 in Bennett Park on the east side of the Fox River.
james "pate" philip state park
FEATURES: 4.6 MILES | You can walk, jog, bike or cross-country ski on most trails. The preserve features remnant tall grass prairie and wetlands that are home to white-tailed deer, beavers, yellow-headed blackbirds, common snapping turtles and sandhill cranes. Visitors can enjoy watching waterfowl, warblers and beavers and other wildlife at the Brewster Creek bridge.
waubonsie creek trail
FEATURES: 3.2 MILES | The Waubonsie Trail links Boulder Hill and the Village of Oswego via a greenway corridor within a residential community. The eastern trailhead is in Jaycee Park, which offers a playground, picnic shelter and open areas for sports practice.