Fox River Trail

This paved trail stretches from Algonquin, Illinois to Oswego, Illinois and traverses the Illinois towns of Carpentersville, Dundee, Elgin, South Elgin, St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, North Aurora, Aurora and Montgomery for approximately 40 miles mainly along the Fox River. Beautiful homes face the river in some areas, and there are many bucolic spots on the trail.



Northern end at Souwanas Trail and Scott Street in Algonquin, Illinois and southern end at Washington and South Harrison Streets in Oswego, Illinois. A map may be found here.

Managed By

Park districts through which the trail passes


There is no official website. Unofficial websites are here and here.

Distance from Downtown Chicago

From the center of town 43 miles to the northern end of the trail and 47 miles to the southern end of the trail

How To Get There

Bike, Walk, Drive, Bus, Metra Rail (Elgin, Geneva and Aurora)


The trail is accessible and some parking lots by the trail have accessible parking spaces.

Things To Do

Biking, Birdwatching (herons, woodpeckers), Boating, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Jogging, Picnicking, Playground, Running and Wildflowers

Fun Facts

The Fox River Valley was once home to the Potawatomi, Sac and Fox tribes.

Other Information

There are some restrooms along the trail. The City of Batavia has a seasonal bikeshare program. Bicycles may be rented at the Batavia Riverwalk with the Koloni app.

ONE-WAY BIKING/HIKING OPTIONS WITH MASS TRANSIT: Take Metra Rail to Elgin from Union Station in Chicago or to Geneva from Ogilvie Transportation Center in Chicago and travel south along the trail to Aurora where one can return to Chicago from the Metra station there to Union Station. This itinerary can also be done in reverse. Please consult the Overview section for more information on transporting bicycles on mass transit.


Grab some pastries at Hahn’s Bakery, 303 Franklin Street, Geneva, Illinois or at Harners Bakery and Restaurant, 10 West State Street, North Aurora, Illinois. Better yet enjoy a sit down breakfast at Harner’s Bakery and Restaurant so you can try a slice of the wonderful warm butter pecan coffee cake. Town House Café, 105 North 2nd Avenue, St. Charles, Illinois has seasonal outdoor seating and serves delicious scones in multiple varieties.

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Best Time To Visit

All year

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