Note: the trail is open during Garden operating hours.
Ride the North Branch Trail to other forest preserves along the 20-mile path to Chicago; or use the one-mile link between the North Branch Trail and Green Bay Trail to go north. This multiuse path passes through the Garden’s McDonald Woods and through Turnbull Woods, which is part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. In partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Forest Preserves of Cook County, the Garden has created this beautiful and accessible trail. Look for interpretive signs describing the moraine, wetland, and woodland regions of the Garden's landscape. Click here to read the story behind the North Branch Trail.
Cyclists can slow down to smell the roses—and the lilacs, geraniums, and other fragrant plants. To allow bicyclists to take a stroll through the gardens, bicycle racks are conveniently located near the parking lots. Speed limit on all bike paths at the Garden is 8 miles per hour.
The Garden gates at Lake Cook Road and Dundee Road are open from 8 a.m. to sunset. No pets, rollerblades, or skateboards are allowed into the Garden.