The Chicago region has a remarkable network of long-distance trails that open our communities to recreation. Whether on land or on the water, utilizing trails is one of the best ways to enjoy our region’s natural landscape, to find peace and solitude, or to share an experience with family and friends!
Openlands has played a key role in developing some of our region’s best-known trails and trail systems. We are the region’s leading advocate for the creation of greenways, such as the Burnham Greenway or the Salt Creek Greenway, and rails-to-trails conversions like the Illinois Prairie Path and the Old Plank Road Trail. The pages below contain maps and information to help you enjoy your time exploring our region’s trails.