Launch in or take out from the Salt Creek Water Trail at 26th Street Woods. For more information, please visit PaddleIllinoisWaterTrails.org.
The Salt Creek Greenway Trail is made up of a series of paved trails winding through dedicated nature preserves, forest preserves, and local parks — all of which make for a pleasant stroll or a full day’s hike. As a migratory corridor for wildlife, the Salt Creek Greenway affords excellent opportunities for birding and wildlife viewing at places like Salt Creek Woods Nature Preserve and Bemis Woods. The trail system extends west from Bemis Woods into DuPage County, passing through forest preserves and parks as you continue north.
A 7.1-mile paved trail starts in Bemis Woods and continues east to Brookfield Woods, directly across from the Brookfield Zoo. At Bemis Woods, 26th Street Woods, and Plank Road Meadow, you can access the Salt Creek Water Trail, open for canoeing and kayaking. A series of unpaved nature trails wind through preserves along the paved Salt Creek Greenway Trail, allowing visitors to explore habitats on foot.