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 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 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 length and includes a bridge crossing 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 $778,000 in Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds and $2,779,134 in Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP-L) funding for construction of this segment, and is working to complete Phase I engineering for the project. Phase II design engineering is scheduled to begin in fall 2021.

Construction on this project is expected to begin in early 2023 with completion in 2024.