13 miles of new trails opens in Cook County for mountain bikers, trail runners

(Chicago Area Mountain Bikers)

Mountain bike riders and trail runners can take on a new challenge among the woodlands, grasslands and wetlands of Hoffman Estates.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Wednesday morning to mark the opening of a new single-track trail system in the 1,800-acre Paul Douglas Forest Preserve, officials said in a statement.

Following the success of the popular Palos Preserves single-track trails in southwest Cook County, the new location features multiple loops for trail users of all experience levels, the statement said.

(Chicago Area Mountain Bikers)

"For years, the extensive single track trail system in our Palos Preserves has been the premier mountain biking experience in Cook County. Now Paul Douglas Preserve is the newest destination for riders, runners and anyone looking for a more immersive natural experience in Northwest Suburban Cook County," Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said.

(Chicago Area Mountain Bikers)

A total of 13.3 miles of single track trails are now open in Paul Douglas Preserve. The west side of the preserve has 8 miles of trails, including a 4.5-mile route and several loops ranging from 1 to 3 miles. Another 5.3 miles are open on the east side, which will be expanded to a total of 9 miles when fully complete.


Runners and riders move in opposite directions, switching by days of the week, making it safer on the trails and essentially doubling the experience for repeat visits.