Located in southwest Cook County, this paved, nine-mile trail near Willow Springs travels through woods and along the Sanitary and Ship Canal and what's left of the I & M Canal. No longer in use, this historic waterway once provided access to commerce on the East Coast. Now it is a shady and easy ride for beginners. Parking available in the Forest Preserves parking lot below Willow Springs Road. Helmets required for all bicycle riders 14 and younger.