Bicycling on the Illinois Prairie Path
This 62-mile trail connects
the communities of Maywood, Wheaton, Aurora, Batavia, Elgin and
Geneva. If you are familiar with these towns, you might
shake your head and say "How can that be?"
The main stem connects Maywood and Wheaton. From
Wheaton there is a branch to Aurora. Off that branch is a
spur to Batavia. Another branch from Wheaton goes to Elgin,
and off that branch is a spur to Geneva. Both branches
and both spurs connect to the Fox River Trail. Almost all the
surface is crushed limestone, some of it is paved.
We started in Geneva, riding the Fox River Trail south to
pick up the Batavia Spur toward Wheaton. From Wheaton we took
the Elgin Branch and then the Geneva Spur which took us back to the
Fox River Trail. And we thoroughly enjoyed it! Although
we rode through a few busy suburbs, much of the ride was away
from traffic and through
prairie, wetland and wooded areas.
One thing that made our
day special was having a 17-year-old along. David Scott, who
lives in Geneva, was great fun and really livened the
day up for two "old seniors".
For further information, including the option of ordering a full
color map, check out their website,
Please be aware that this page is neither created
nor supported by the Illinois Prairie Path management.
It is simply our endorsement of a trail that
we enjoyed and want people to know about.