Off-Leash Overnighter: Lemont Loop is a bite-sized, minimally supported bikepacking adventure. It gives you and your family a chance to sneak away by bike for a beautiful night of camping under the stars in Lemont, Illinois (Southwest Chicag) and return Sunday morning before your busy life even knows you were gone.
Where, When, How Far:
Off-Leash Overnighter: Lemont Loop begins with an optional campout Friday night at Hickory Creek Preserve near Frankfort, Illinois (get location). Join us by bike, or there’s plenty of parking to leave your car there for the weekend. Dinner & breakfast this first night is up to you; visit one of the nearby restaurants, or bring your own food for campfire cooking.
The ride leaves Saturday morning 10:15am for a liesurely, minimally supported 25-mile roll almost entirely on the Old Plank Road Trail, I&M Canal Trail, and Centennial Trail to Lemont, Illinois for a night of camping at the Lemont Heritage Quarries Recreation Area (just a mile from downtown Lemont’s nightlife). You’ll have a ton of time to explore, dilly-dally, eat and drink along the way. In the evening, we’ll provide dinner.
We’ll provide breakfast Sunday morning before rolling back to Hickory Creek Preserve along the Cal-Sag Trail, Tinley Creek Trail, and Old Plank Road Trail (37 miles back), having slipped some adventure into our back pocket to get us through the week a little more relaxed, and looking forward to the next Off-Leash Overnighter. Kids welcome!