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Health

Biking St. Charles

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With miles and miles of trails throughout St. Charles connecting to adjacent communities, there is ample opportunity to explore the Fox Valley area.

Try the Great Western Bike Trail. According to the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, this trail is 14 miles of an abandoned railway from St. Charles to the DeKalb County line. It crosses small streams and wetlands. The trail, about 17 miles from the trailhead to Sycamore, is limestone and allows a smooth riding surface.

The Fox River Bike Trail, which includes the East Side Bike Trail & Norris Woods Bike Trail, stretches from Algonquin to Aurora and goes through several forest preserves.

The Virgil L. Gilman Trail includes two abandoned railroad right-of-ways beginning near Montgomery and heads west for about 11.2 miles to Waubonsee Community College and crosses Waubonsee Creek.

For those looking for shorter routes, check out the Peck Road Bike Trail, Randall Road Bike Trail or River Bend Bike Trail. A map of these routes can be found on the St. Charles Park District’s website at www.stcparks.org.

St. Charles also boasts two bike shops, offering you the opportunity to have the right bike and the right gear, as well as make sure your bike is in riding condition. Visit The Bike Rack, 2930 Campton Hills Road, or Sammy’s Bikes, 602 S. First St.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advises riders to inspect bikes before you ride to make sure all parts are secure and working properly. It is also important to wear a properly fitted helmet, adjust your bicycle to fit and wear neon, fluorescent of other bright colors when riding day or night to make sure vehicles can see you.

St. Charles Park District | www.st-charlesparks.org

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