Preservation of the Des Plaines River Greenway has been a key priority since the Forest Preserve District was founded in 1958.
It protects land along more than 85 percent of the river in Lake County, providing wildlife habitat, natural flood protection and outdoor recreation opportunities.
The trail currently stretches 31 miles and connects preserves with local parks and communities as it winds through the Greenway from just south of the Illinois-Wisconsin border to Deerfield. Bridges and underpasses make it possible to travel without crossing any major roads.
The trail follows the river's edge from Russell Road in Wadsworth to West Riverside Drive in Lincolnshire. It picks up again just north of Estonian Lane and runs south to Lake Cook Road where it connects to Cook County Forest Preserve trails.