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North Branch Trail

Extending approximately 18 miles from the Edgebrook neighborhood in Chicago to the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, the North Branch Trail is a quiet escape for city runners. You can access the southern end of this paved path at Devon and Caldwell. Heading north from here you will travel through a thin band of Cook County Forest Preserve parks that surround the north branch of the Chicago River. Along the way you will also pass by backyards, golf courses and highways. At the northern end of the trail you are in for a treat with a pretty 4.4-mile loop around the Skokie Lagoons. Just north of the lagoons is the Chicago Botanic Garden, a beautiful park that is definitely worth a visit. The Botanic Garden only charges parking fees so if you arrive on foot admission is free. There is even a café so you can plan to have a post-run lunch here. Once you’ve arrived at the north end of the trail you can either turn around for a really long run or take the train home. There are plenty of restrooms along the trail but not as many drinking fountains so bring your own water.

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  • 14.9 mi Distance
  • 228 ft Elevation
  • Road Run Type

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