This section travels along the Prairie Trail and Hebron Trail rolling past farm fields, woodlands and the small towns of Ringwood, Richmond, and Hebron. There are sweeping prairie views and shady tree tunnels. The trail is mainly flat and made mostly of gravel.
|Start: Prairie Trail and Bull Valley Rd in McHenry|
|N||Prairie Trail at approx. 1.7 mi. The trail veers west away from the railroad and follows Mill St across Crystal Lake Rd into Whispering Oaks Park for 0.4 miles to the Boone Creek Bridge. Cross bridge, cross Rte 120, follow trail east along Rte 120 to east bank of creek. Continue north on trail to Ringwood (3 mi from Rte 120). 2.4 mi north of Ringwood cross Harts Rd (to visit Glacial Park take Harts Rd west ¾ mile to Weidrich Barn Visitors Center). Continue north on Prairie Trail, 4 mi to Broadway St in commercial downtown of Richmond.||11.6|
|L||NW||Broadway Rd across Rte 173 (Look out for fast traffic from east out of a blind curve).||1.5|
|L||SW||Hebron Trail to trail end in Hebron||4.6|