We’re fortunate in the Chicago area to have a large number of wheelchair accessible trails that truly make nature accessible for everyone.

The summer is upon us and we can take some time to enjoy the beautiful scenery around us on paved trails that accommodate the disabled. Below is a list of local trails for those looking to explore. For a more complete list of handicap accessible trails, you can visit traillink.com.

Chicago Area Wheelchair Accessible Trails

Fermilab Trail – The Fermilab trail cuts through the heart of the Fermilab property located between Batavia and Warrenville. This 5.8-mile trail is surfaced with both asphalt and concrete. It can also serve as a shortcut between the Aurora and Batavia areas of the Illinois Prairie Path.

The Chicago Lakefront Trail – This 19-mile stretch along the coast of Lake Michigan offers some of the best, most scenic views of America’s third-largest city. The trail begins just south of the Museum of Science and Industry and continues north to Sheridan Road. You’ll see Soldier Field, the Planetarium, Navy Pier and much more along this area.

The Fox River Trail – The Fox River Trail offers some wonderfully scenic views stretching from Oswego to Elgin – a 44-mile stretch. It hugs the Fox River for much of the trail and is home to an abundant variety of trees and wildlife. The path consists of asphalt, concrete and crushed stone for the duration.

The DeKalb Nature Trail – This 1.6-mile trail stretches between First Street and Sycamore Road in DeKalb. It’s an asphalt, tree-lined path that offers some scenic looks at nature.

The Great Western Trail – The Great Western Trail offers a 12-mile, natural look at DuPage County. The western end of this trail begins in Klein Creek Farm Forest Preserve in the West Chicago and Warrenville area.

You can have fun and explore the area on these and other trails in the Chicagoland area. Enjoy the summer weather!