Chicago: White River State Trail

Grab your boots or hop on your bike to hit one of the Dairyland’s newer trails on this 11.8-mile out-and-back along an old railroad trestle.
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Grab your boots or hop on your bike to hit one of the Dairyland’s newer trails on this 11.8-mile out-and-back along an old railroad trestle.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 9.6

Waypoints

WRT001

Location: 42.6600494384766, -88.5218505859375

Head SE onto crushed limestone trail, once the Soo Line RR that ran from Chicago to the Twin Cities

WRT002

Location: 42.6566123962402, -88.5094680786133

Pass under US 12 into rolling cornfi elds

WRT003

Location: 42.6478805541992, -88.4790573120117

Straight across Maclean Rd.

WRT004

Location: 42.6439590454102, -88.4652328491211

Cross CH-NN; surrounding terrain slopes off, filling nearby Lake Como after rains or snow

WRT005

Location: 42.6410446166992, -88.45703125

RR bed continues SE

WRT006

Location: 42.6377830505371, -88.4500274658203

Fifty-Footer Overlook: Wind blows ripples through surrounding amber fields and bird-rich wetlands. Good turnaround spot for a shorter hike

WRT007

Location: 42.6376190185547, -88.4427871704102

Cross Bowers Rd. More field rows and human-made pinnacles (silver corn silos)

WRT008

Location: 42.6413192749023, -88.4231414794922

Cross Weeks Rd. Head E (good tailwind for final stretch)

WRT009

Location: 42.6430206298828, -88.4136734008789

Reach rural burg of Springfield, WI, and the Pedal & Cup, a squat red house and former train depot (c. 1910) — now a hangout for local riders; retrace route to car