Salt Creek Greenway Trail
The Salt Creek Greenway Trail (SCGT) is a 35-mile trail that connects eastern DuPage with western Cook County. The trail begins in Elk Grove, follows the Salt Creek through DuPage, and crosses into Cook again in Oak Brook. This riparian regional trail provides a continuous and welcome respite from the busy corridors surrounding IL Route 83 while allowing for ample access to/from adjacent communities.
The SCGT brings trail users through riverine forest preserves such as Salt Creek Marsh,
Cricket Creek, and Fullersburg Woods--known as the site of the historic Graue Mill. After turning east in Oak Brook, the SCGT passes through forest preserves in Cook County and terminates at the Brookfield Zoo.
Within DuPage County, the Salt Creek Greenway Trail is considered complete. Trail users may travel from the northern border of DuPage County in Itasca, all the way through Oak Brook and into Cook County using mostly offstreet paths and sidepaths. Some segments of the trail are currently on-street, and are the focus of ongoing efforts to eventually separate trail users from vehicles.
The Salt Creek was planned, engineered, and constructed as part of an interagency effort in DuPage. Led by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, that interagency collaborative group included the County, park districts, and municipalities along the Salt Creek's watershed. In the late 1990s, the corridor was identified as a priority for a regional bicycle and pedestrian corridor to link the communities along the waterway. However, it was the Salt Creek Master Plan that served to create the modern route as DuPage and Cook trail users have come to know it. The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, acting as the lead agency, coordinated with municipalities along the Creek to plan the route as a critical part of the recommendations of that Master Plan.
Although the County was involved in the planning stages, it was ultimately the Forest Preserve, municipalities, and park districts who came together to construct and maintain the trail. By the year 2010, most of the critical connections within the Creek's watershed had been completed. With its maintenance responsibilities shared by seven different agencies in DuPage, the Salt Creek Greenway Trail is a testament to the power of interagency cooperation.
Download a map of the Salt Creek Trail in DuPage County.