Fox River Bike Trail

Fox River Bike Trail, Saint Charles: Address, Fox River Bike Trail Reviews: 4.5/5

Fox River Bike Trail
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Previa1994
Chicago, IL4,825 contributions
Great trail for walking or biking
Feb 2021
The Fox River Trail runs 39 miles from Oswego in the south to Algonquin in the north.  I traversed this trail on a bike from North Aurora to Batavia covering a distance of about 8 miles (one way).  The trail is asphalt paved and passes through a variety of scenes covering community parks, forest preserves, rivertown downtowns, residential backyards, and past dams on the Fox River.  The trail crosses between both east and west banks of the river and at certain places both banks of the river have trails. Small sections through downtown areas are on streets.  Some interesting stops along the way are:  Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia Depot Museum, Fabyan Forest Preserve (including the Windmill), Peace Bridge and the Historic Piano Factory Bridge.

Much of the trail is shrouded on both sides by greenery.  Intersection with major roads and rail tracks is avoided by either the trail going under or over.  Unavoidable road crossings have adequate caution/stop signs.  Fox River Trail is great for walking or biking.  We get great nature views, artwork views and river views. 
Written March 26, 2021
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glad95
22 contributions
Weekend Anniversary Trip
Jul 2020
My husband and I are just getting into bike riding and chose this trail due to the reviews and beautiful scenery in the pictures. We parked in West Dundee in a free parking lot there and rode all the way to Batavia. We ended up doing 42 miles round trip which was probably about 5-10 miles too much, but we were just enjoying it so much we didn't realize how far we had gone before turning around. We loved the bridges and scenery. The towns we drove through were quaint and fun to look around at. I used an app on my phone to help make sure we stayed on the trail. There were only a couple of places we were confused, but for the most part the trail was well marked. We would definitely do this trail again. We would probably start at a different point to see other parts of the trail we missed.
Written July 28, 2020
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GuatemalaCiclista
Chicago, IL356 contributions
Nice bike trail
Jul 2020 • Solo
The well maintained paved trail between South Elgin and Crystal Lake has bathrooms and water available. It goes through some historical river towns and food is available. Well shaded so its a good sunny day activity if you want to avoid the sun.
Written July 12, 2020
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vaisvil
Saint Charles, IL12 contributions
Bike trail great bike or hike
Oct 2019 • Solo
It’s s beautiful path anytime of the year. But this is my favorite with the fall colors reflecting off the Fox River it’s s special treat and not nearly as crowded as summer.
Written November 5, 2019
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Kurt S
Saint Charles, IL3 contributions
I like the west side around Fabyam
Sep 2018 • Couples
Round trip bicycle ride from Saint Charles to North Aurora with my wife. Great ride with several intersecting east west trails.
Written March 31, 2019
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Jeff S
Oswego, IL51 contributions
Great bike trail
Mar 2019 • Friends
Well maintained and safe for everyone. Jog, walk or bike on the scenic trail up Nd down fox river. Great views of the river, easy to cross bridges.
Written March 25, 2019
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rspiersniu
Saint Charles, IL13 contributions
Riding Along the Fox
Dec 2018 • Friends
The Fox Valley Bike Trail is very fun to travel. It is well paved on most of the trail and there are good things to view along the way. If you are a bird watcher, there are many large birds that live along the river and, during the winter months, bald eagles come down from the north and can be seen flying over the river or sitting in trees along the path. There are bridges to take you across the river and several nice towns to stop at to take a break and have a good meal, refreshment or great ice cream. Along the trail are playgrounds for children, benches to rest on and bike repair places.
Written January 31, 2019
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Julie G
Saint Charles, IL4 contributions
Expansive Bike Path!
Nov 2018 • Solo
This paved multi-use path follows along the Fox River (for the most part) from Oswego, IL north to McHenry, IL(about 50 miles). There are a few spots where navigation is a bit tricky in certain towns (St. Charles, Crystal Lake and Elgin in particular) and a couple spots where it is gravel instead of paved. The scenery is wonderful and there are plenty of restaurants near the path to satisfy your hunger as you ride! The terrain is fairly flat, but you will find a few hills depending where you ride. There are many different places to access the path and parking in any of towns along the path.
Written December 11, 2018
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Christine S
Saint Charles, IL53 contributions
Amazing scenery!
Jul 2018 • Couples
Their are many places in the area to walk and enjoy nature and this is definitely one of those walks! It's always maintained well and has the perfect mix of various types of nature to enjoy - water, woods and open grassland areas.
Written November 4, 2018
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Jeff L
Elgin, IL137 contributions
Great Bike Path
Aug 2018 • Solo
I really like the Fox River Bike Path... especially since the construction is complete that had several areas blocked or detoured. The one bad spot is in South Elgin where you have to leave the path because the 'bridge' portion collapsed and is closed off. I've ridden through/from Elgin, south as far as Saint Charles and north up to Carpentersville/Dundee. The path also connect with other state bike paths like Prairie path (near Bartlett). Lots of different scenery around the way from cityscapes to forest to even suburban residential and prairie fields. A great way to appreciate the area in a totally different light.
Written October 5, 2018
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