The Des Plaines River Trail and Greenway protects land along more than 76 percent of the river in Lake County, providing wildlife habitat, natural flood protection and outdoor recreation opportunities. The gravel trail spans nearly the entire length of Lake County for 31.4 miles as it winds through 12 forest preserves. It is open for hiking, bicycling, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, and snowmobiling (between Russell Road and Wadsworth Road only). Please keep dogs leashed and on trails at all times, and pick up after them. Learn about our off-leash Dog Parks (permit required). The trail follows the river’s edge from Russell Road in Wadsworth south to Lake Cook Road where it connects to the Cook County Forest Preserve trail system. Bridges and underpasses from Wadsworth Road south make it possible to travel without crossing any major roads. The trail isn’t the only way to explore this river valley. The river itself offers an entirely different set of views and experiences, best explored by canoe. We offer six launch sites along the river to drop in a canoe or kayak. All launch areas provide river access, shoreline fishing and parking. Some also have trail connections. Mile marker 0 is located in Van Patten Woods in Wadsworth at the Russell Road parking lot. Trails runs nearly the entire length of Lake County for 31.4 miles and winds through 12 forest preserves.