Getting on The Fox River Trail in Geneva, Il
Crossing one of the long bridges around South Elgin
One of the scenic bridge views along the trail
The Fox River Trail runs mostly along the Fox River from Oswego (south) to Algonquin (north) and then connects with the McHenry County Prairie Trail to continue north all the way to the Wisconsin border. There is a break in the trail in Aurora but as of last fall (2015) there are some nice Bike Lanes through Aurora so now you get to the trail on either side (for a longer ride).
See the new the Bike Lanes through Aurora post for more on this.
The trail descriptions and bike trail photos on these pages include the southern part of the Fox River Trail starting in Geneva, Illinois and continue on to Dundee, Illinois (you can also continue the trip north all the way to Genoa Wisconsin by visiting the Fox River Trail North and Prairie Trail pages).
Although I do not have a photo tour of the trail south of Geneva at this time, the Fox River Trail South Video on this site includes the section from Oswego to South Elgin and the Fox River Trail North Video includes the section from South Elgin to Algonquin.
This particular trip, when I took the Fox River Trail South photos, was from a ride that I took with my friend Dale. We actually started in Dundee and went south to the Illinois Prairie Path (just past Elgin (we actually went a little further and then came back)) then we took the Illinois Prairie Path and looped back to the Fox River Trail, got on in Geneva and then rode back to Dundee. I rearranged all of the photos so the whole photo tour is from south to north.
Back in the summer of 2007, my son, Casey and I took the Fox River Trail from Geneva, Il to Genoa Wisconsin and back! We did a little over 100 miles on that trip, so you can really ride all day on these trails if you like!
The only section that I do not have still photos for (to date) is from Geneva south to Aurora. . Stay tuned... I'll try to do that soon and get some photos to post!
There are some photos ind information on the most southern part of the trail, from Aurora to Oswego, here on the Virgil Gilman Trail pages.
Going under one of the riverboat buildings in Elgin
The Good Stuff:
The Fox River Trail is really beautiful and interesting in most parts. There are also a number of connecting trails so you can get on in different places and you have a lot of choices. I like that you can get on this trail and ride a hundred miles or more, with the connecting trails and see lots of great places. The FRT is also paved so if you don't like crushed stone or dirt trails you have a great trail that you can do a lot of miles on... The connecting trails are not all paved though.
The Not As Good Stuff:
The things that I don't like too much on this trail is that some sections get very crowded on nice weekend days and holidays when a lot of people are out riding. It can still be a great ride (even on the weekends) but if you can take this trail on a weekday, I would recommend that... Also, there are a few sections that break away from the regular trail and you have to ride on back roads or subdivision streets. It's not that bad, but I'd rather be able to stay on the regular trail the whole time.
Still one of the Best Trails!
Overall, this is still one of my all time favorite trails!!! I hope you enjoy the photo tour and I hope it inspires you to take the trail(s) in the spring, summer or fall and/or provides a nice memory of your trips in the winter when you may not be able to get out there and enjoy it!
Map of the Fox River Trail.
One of the better maps of the Fox River Trail is via Google Maps and actually includes the connecting trails too. See the Google Maps Fox River Trail Map for a pretty good map of this trail.
I've found it hard to find a real good map of the entire Fox River Trail since it spans more than one county (and a lot of maps are by county). The Google Map above is pretty good but it actually does not show the far southern end of the trail that goes to Oswego.
Fox River Trail South Photos
We just rode the Fox River Trail (July, 2011) from Dundee to Aurora. Since I did not previously have photos of the Fayban Windmill in Geneva, I am including a new photo page for these which is a little south of the bike photo tour below.
Fox River Trail South < You are here
Here's the Fox River Trail photo tour (South to North) from Geneva, Illinois to Dundee Illinois, September 2007 (with updates from July, 2011).
Fox River Trail (S) Photos 1 - Geneva, Illinois
Fox River Trail (S) Photos 2 - Through St. Charles
Fox River Trail (S) Photos 3 - To Tekakwitha Woods
Fox River Trail (S) Photos 4 - The Long Bridges
Fox River Trail (S) Photos 5 - Stearns Rd Bridge and S. Elgin
Fox River Trail (S) Photos 6 - South Elgin Dam to Winding Hills
Fox River Trail (S) Photos 7 - Old Stone Tunnel and Bridge
Fox River Trail (S) Photos 8 - Grand Victoria Riverboat, Elgin
Fox River Trail (S) Photos 9 - Elgin and Dam on the Fox River
Fox River Trail (S) Photos 10 - Elgin North and Under I90
Also see the Virgil Gilman Trail Photos and Tour for a few photos of the Fox River Trail from Oswego to Aurora and the full VG Trail itself.
Here's a photo tour of the Fox River Trail, from Dundee to Algonquin. These pictures are from mid July (2003)
Here's a photo tour of the McHenry County Prairie Trail, from south to north (Algonquin to Genoa City Wisconsin, from mid July (2003)
McHenry Cty Prairie Trail Photos 1 - Starting in Algonquin
McHenry Cty Prairie Trail Photos 2 - Past the Airport and into Crystal Lake
McHenry Cty Prairie Trail Photos 3 - Crystal Lake to Sterne's Woods
McHenry Cty Prairie Trail Photos 4 - The Hills in Sterne's Woods
McHenry Cty Prairie Trail Photos 5 - From Fort McHenry Park
McHenry Cty Prairie Trail Photos 6- Dirt Trail into Wisconsin
Here's the video tour / virtual bike ride of the Fox River Trail (all) and the connecting McHenry County Prairie Trail.
Fox River Trail South Video The video is approximately 12 minutes long and contains scenes from all of the Fox River Trail from Oswego, Illinois to South Elgin, Illinois.
Fox River Trail North Video The video is approximately 13 minutes long and contains scenes from all of the Fox River Trail from South Elgin to Algonquin, Illinois.
The McHenry County Prairie Trail Video The video tour of the McHenry County Prairie Trail (which connects to the FRT) starting in Algonquin and ending in Genoa City Wisconsin.
Note: The Sterns Road Bridge Project is now complete and the Fox River Trail is open once again at this location.
See the About-Bicycles Bike Blog Trail Condition articles for our latest bike trail condition updates.
Fox River Trail Gift Items
See the Fox River Trail Gift Items at Bike Trail Gift Items
These items are sure to start up a conversation with fellow cyclists.