The Green Bay Trail in Illinois - Wilmette to Highland Park

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The Green Bay Trail in Illinois


The Green Bay Trail is one of the first things I like to tell my clients about because it appeals to everyone. Green Bay TrailIt runs alongside the Chicago Metro North Line and whether you run, walk, bike, hike, roller blade or just meander, you will enjoy the ride.  The land was originally the old right-of-way for the North Shore Railroad (some of its pillars can still be seen along the trail.)  The villages along it - Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka,Glencoe and Highland Park bought the land and leased it to the Green Bay Trail Committee which developed it.

It runs almost 10 miles in a straight line beginning at the Wilmette Fire Station on Lake Avenue just east of Green Bay Road in Wilmette. Heading north the official paved trail ends in Highland Park but sign markers will take your farther north through residential areas.  

Green Bay TrailAlmost the entire trail is paved and if it's not, it is dirt or crushed stone.  There are several short breaks in the trail where users must navigate "off trail"

  1. In Kenilworth, you must walk along Abbotsford Road on the east side of Joseph Sears school and pick it up again at Ivy Court.
  2. In Glencoe at Park Avenue, your go along Old Green Bay Road about 3/4 of a mile until the trail picks up again.

Other than those two spots, it's a breeze.  The trail is handicap accessible (there is even an elevator at the main Winnetka station.)  Along the way you will pass parks, downtowns, train stations, gardens, native wildflower areas.  When you pass through Highland Park, you will go right past the main gates of  Ravinia.  

The Green Bay Trail is a tree-shaded wonder in the summer months and parts of it are even plowed in the Green Bay Trailwinter for cross-country skiing. There is easy access to it at all the train stations and many other spots along the way.  In Winnetka, Loving Care Grooming and Boarding provides free plastic bags to help you pick up after pooch.  

The only things to remember are stay right and be respectful and careful!





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Richard Weisser
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Margaret...

I just love these "rails to trails" projects that both preserve history and provide a modern recreational amenity. It looks awesome!

June 12, 2012 05:18 AM
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Michael Setunsky
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Margaret, what a great place to jog or just take a leisurely stroll. The Green Bay Trail Committee did a great job of developing it.

 

June 12, 2012 05:39 AM
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Corinne Guest
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This is so why buyers and sellers need to hire LOCAL experts! I am not that far away but did not know this even existed. It's a little far to come every day but I wish I had something like this for my morning walks. Beautiful.

June 12, 2012 06:14 AM
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Without these trails, life becomes drab quickly....More trails and more time spent on them produces a better human

June 12, 2012 06:25 AM
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Margaret Goss
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Packer Backer - couldn't resist, could you?

Richard - thank you - it is an awesome amenity to have so close by

Michael - The Green Bay Trail Committee developed it back in the 60s, and now it is maintained separately by each village that it passes through.

Corinne - you may not have the trail but you do have lots of open land, and maybe forest preserves?

Richie - agreed - getting closer to nature is an elixer for the busy person

 

June 12, 2012 06:54 AM
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Alan May
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I have a client who lives just off the Green Bay Trail, and that was a major part of their decision... they're bikers, and they basically step out of their back yard, onto the trail... the love it.

June 12, 2012 07:07 AM
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Morgan Evans
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That sounds like an ideal path for so many reasons, coveredin the summer, level surfaces, easy access.
June 12, 2012 07:20 AM
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Margaret Goss
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Alan - exactly - it really appeals to anyone who likes to do outdoor activities

Morgan - yes, it's very well maintained and smooth for most of the length of it

 

June 12, 2012 07:39 AM
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This place is absolutely glorious. I can't wait to visit!

June 12, 2012 09:55 AM
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Mark Montross
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That sounds like a very nice trail. We have a 13 mile bike path here in Burlington that runs along Lake Champlain that is very popular.  I think you have inspired me to write a blog on it!

June 12, 2012 01:37 PM
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Margaret:  I LOVE the descriptions you provide.  Very thorough and enticing, as well.  But got to say, the pics match and surpass your words.  They give real insight into the quality of life along this trail ...

Gene

June 12, 2012 02:36 PM
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Margaret Goss
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Adam - anytime!

Mark - That sounds like a beautiful trail - you should absolutely write about it.  Take a few long bike trips with your camera and your're all set.

Gene - Thank you! 

June 12, 2012 03:00 PM
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Carie Shapiro
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I know the Green Bay trail well.  Nice photos and commentary.  And, Ravinia!  Who doesn't love Ravinia?  It's that time of year!

June 12, 2012 07:09 PM
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Margaret: I've been near there, in Skokie, it's beautiful country. I see you moved there from L.A. Can't blame you, two totally different lifestyles. Your photos make me want to put on my walking shoes.

June 12, 2012 07:19 PM
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Margaret Goss
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Carie - I can't remember if you told me you lived here - I'm guessing that is how you know it.  It is that time of year and since it's a short one, everyone is out!

Hella - Skokie also has some trails - the ones that are part of the Cook County Forest Preserves.  I plan to write another post about those.

June 12, 2012 07:24 PM
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Hi Margaret,

What great pictures!

It is great how we have created trails to get out and walk, or run or bicycle.

We have some wonderful ones in our area as well.

Phil

June 13, 2012 03:41 AM
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Not only is this post well written it is laid out aesthetically with great photos.

June 14, 2012 07:03 AM
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Margaret -- what a great use for this land and a true asset to those communities.   I love the color in the photographs of the open fields -- very nice.

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