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Level: Advanced
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +217/24 ft
Total: 34 riders

Mountain Biking Thatcher Woods

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#31 of 109 mountain bike trails in Illinois
#3239 in the world

The trail is singletrack for the majority of the distance. The main body runs along the Des Plaines River and has a fair assortment of technical aspects including fallen trees, small hills, creepy underpass and tight corning in tall grass. I would stick to the daylight hours for this course.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
There are many points of entry for this trail. I typically use the one at the intersection of Thatcher and Augusta in River Forest. There is also a main entrance off Chicago avenue in between Thatcher and 1st Avenue. You can enter on either side of the street.
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