West Branch DuPage River Trail

Planning Project

Blackwell to West DuPage Woods


West DuPage River Trail 

The West Branch DuPage River Trail is a 26-mile long regional trail, roughly paralleling the DuPage River-West Branch that, when complete, will connect the North Central DuPage Regional Trail on the north to Naperville and into Will County on the south, where it will intersect with the East Branch DuPage River Trail and continue south as the DuPage River Trail to Channahon. The Forest Preserve District has been working cooperatively with DuPage County, local municipalities and park districts to implement this trail for decades.

With the completion of the trail segments through downtown Winfield and along Fair Oaks Road from 2016-2018, the only unfinished trail segment is the segment located between Blackwell and West DuPage Woods. This segment is approximately 0.7 miles in lenth and includes a bridge crossing both the West Branch DuPage River and Roosevelt Road (IL-38). Due to its complexity, it is anticipated that this segment will cost approximately $5.5 million for engineering and construction.



The Forest Preserve District recently received $777,788 in Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds and $2,730,134 in Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP-L) funding for the construction of this segment, and is working to complete Phase I engineering for the project. Next steps toward implementation include completing the necessary engineering studies and public outreach required for Phase I design approval and Phase II Design Engineering.

Construction on this project is expected to begin in early 2021 with completion in 2022.