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The North Branch Trail follows the North Branch of the Chicago River over 20 miles through Cook County. The trail was originally a dirt path often used for horseback riding; though it’s now paved, an unpaved equestrian pathway still parallels the main trail.

Near the north end of the trail, the Chicago Botanic Garden, which includes more than two dozen gardens on 385 acres, is worth a short excursion. Nearby, you can also pick up the Green Bay Trail, a busy community route flanked by restaurants, shops, parks, and residential neighborhoods about a mile from the Lake Michigan shoreline.

visit TrailLink for maps and trail information