Not a mountain bike trail, it is mostly(at this time)paved, but the trail ends with a four mile packed gravel that leads into dirt(motorbike type) trail that is supposed to be paved eventually. It is at this point the trail becomes a bit challenging,besides avoiding the occasional motor bike, there are some singletracks to be found. To get to this part you must find the far north part of the trail that heads north of Elevator road. if it's gravel and you are heading north, you've got it, folow the gravel until it gets bumpy and is packed dirt,EXPLORE!! The rest of the path is paved,flat and FAST,great for sprinting(thats what I use it for) but WATCH OUT FOR ROAD CROSSINGS and INCONSIDERATE rollerbladers(THEY think they need both lanes for their sport!!!??!!) I have hit 35mph, on a mountain bike, roadies may laugh, but with fat tires, that is fast. Great place for a family biking day. Only 1 water pump, so bring your own water. This is part of the Rails-to-Trails, wich is a cooooll way to use this otherwise wasted space!!! Have fun!!!
Summary: Rode this trail this past weekend and had a pretty good ride. Started in Roscoe on the Stone Bridge Trail portion that connects this trail on the west end of it. Since it was the first really nice weekend, the trail was a bit crowded but most were courteous. I was able to 26 miles (out and back) and was able to average about 17mph. The reason I mention that is that even with the crowds they were courteous and moved over when I passed. I use this path as a training ride to build endurance for future long distance cross county rides.
Recommended Route: Start: Roscoe, on Stone Bridge Trail headed East to Poplar Grove and back.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Rock Cut, Perryville Trail.
Review Date January 3, 2004
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Aerobic Difficulty 2 of 5
Technical Difficulty 3 of 5
Ridden Trail: Every few months
Reviewed by: Ryan
Cross Country Rider
Summary: This is a nice trail. Lots of curves and nice scenery. There are as many shaded parts as unshaded so it's easy on the body. The trail has been relatively deserted when I've ridden it. Caledonia and Poplar Grove offer rest stops and eateries for the trail users. I really like this trail and cannot wait to ride it this spring.
Recommended Route: County Line Road from McHenry County to McCurry Road near Roscoe. All of Boone Co.
Other recommended trails in the same area: This trail turns into Stone Bridge TRail when you enter Winnebago County. It is shorter and has more intersections with cars. The trail ends abruptly with a grassy bumpy trail that I didn;t even try to ride and turned around.
Review Date February 23, 2003
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a week
Reviewed by: BondJmsBond
, from Loves Park
Summary: First off, I noticed J.K., who previously reviewed this path, stated to watch out for inconsiderate roller bladers who think they own the path. This could not be further from the truth. When I go out there roller blading, I go at a pretty good pace (14 mph). I rarely have any issues with anyone getting in my way, however when I do, I easily encounter 4 times as many bikers who take up both lanes (often going side-by-side) than these so-called "inconsiderate roller bladers" as J.K. put it. Let's face it, it only takes one bad experience to gain a negative opinion about some people, but I have experienced many many more incondiderate bikers than bladers. If those who are in the way appear to be new to the sport, than I give them a bit more slack, but it is inexcusible to see experienced folks blatantly have little regard for others. Why can't we all just get along? OK, other than that, I think this path is great! There is ample wildlife all over. I have had deer cross the path right in front of me, pheasants, rabbits, fox, raccoons, even snakes! I can put my headset on and go for hours. Very peaceful. I just noticed that they repaired a couple rough areas of the path which is great that they are maintaining this fine site. There is a spring clean-up posted for Saturday the 5th of April, and I plan on attending to help clean-up debris from the winter. I live right on a bike path in the city, but this one is much better since it is not congested. I would much rather drive 20 minutes to this one than blade from my own home on the crowded Sinnissippi path. In the spring, summer and fall, I use this path twice a week. I lost track, but easily put hundreds of miles on my blades on this path last year.
Recommended Route: Caledonia to Mchenry County line and back (22 miles).
Review Date February 28, 2001
Overall Rating 3 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a week
Reviewed by: J.K.
, from Machesney Park Ill
Summary: This is a paved railroad bed trail very flat with slight up and down areas. This isn't a mt. bike trail, but it is good for seriuos spinning(wich is something that mountain bikers should do to round out their training) try seeing how fast you can go and how long you can keep up this pace. With 43+ miles, it will be a good training session. There is a water pump at the hononegah forest preserve and at Roland Olson F.P.(you can see the pump at Olson from the path . Yes there is dirt trail at the far nrth end of the trail, but it is used by some motorcycles,and it is very bumpy at the start.Watch out for cars at the road crossings!!!!!Only three tires out of five because it is not an actual Mt.bike trail.
Recommended Route: The whole path, including any trails that are around it(except if marked as private property!!)
Other recommended trails in the same area: Rock Cut State Park kicks butt!!!