There aren’t too many mountain bike trails in the Chicago suburbs. Palos, Saw Wee Kee, and Deer Grove are probably the most well known. A few years back, Knock Knolls in Naperville was pretty well maintained and offered a bit of challenging terrain and obstacles. For the past few years, Knock Knolls has seen it’s share of obstacles being removed making it less of a challenge. Many of the larger log piles have been taken out or cut down and the bowl area has been filled with branches rendering it completely un-ridable. However, although not as great as it used to be, Knock Knolls still offers quick flowing singletrack within close proximity to where I live. I only live about 8 miles from knock knolls to I am able to ride there, do a few loops and head back home.
There is virtually no elevation change at Knock Knolls, the challenge pretty much lies in seeing how fast you can flow through the trails. There’s a few hikers and runners that use these trails but they are horse-free.
A great place for an after work ride. It’s nice to have a simple trail like this for days when I don’t quite have the energy to push it at Saw Wee Kee, or the money to fill up my gas tank and drive out to Palos.
My favorite route at Knock Knolls is a 4-mile loop I’ve outlined in the map above. I usually ride this loop a few times through changing up my direction through the singletrack sections from loop to loop.
For more information on Knock Knolls Trails, check out the Knock Knolls Page on CAMBR’s website.