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Bicycling on the Great Western Trail

This 18-mile trail is built on the abandoned mainline of the Chicago Great Western Railroad. It connects the communities of St. Charles and Sycamore. The St. Charles trail head is on Dean Street just west of Randall Road. The surface is crushed limestone.

The trail passes through forest areas and long stretches of open farm land. We enjoyed it immensely.

To obtain a trail brochure, contact:
Forest Preserve District of Kane County
Bldg. G, 719 Batavia Avenue
Geneva, IL 60134

Please be aware that this page is neither created nor supported by the Great Western Trail management. It is simply our endorsement of a trail that we enjoyed and want people to know about. A website that provides more information is:
Kane County Forest Preserve website, the Great Western page.

Here are some photos taken on the trail:

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