The Green Bay Trail

The Green Bay Trail is a pedestrian trail running parallel to the Metra Union Pacific North commuter railroad, passing through the Chicago North Shore communities of (from south to north) Wilmette, Kennilworth, Winnetka, Glencoe, and Highland Park. It was created in 1965 on the abandoned right-of-way of the former North Shore Electric Railroad.  See Map

The spaces adjacent to the trail are a mix of natural areas, residences, and parks (including Ravinia).  The trail also passes several Metra stations.  It is paved from its southern end in Wilmette to Maple Hill Road in Glencoe and crushed gravel from Maple Hill to the Highland Park Metra station.  Aside from a few short segments on very light-use roads, the trail is separate from automobile traffic.

Core Beliefs, Vision and Mission Statement

The Green Bay Trail is an extraordinary community asset available to all to experience and enjoy.

Core Beliefs. We believe:

  • In creating, restoring and protecting the health of the natural habitat to mitigate threats of climate change;
  • In the importance of connecting individuals and communities with nature and its beauty to enrich their mental and physical well-being; and
  • Excellence will come from developing public and private partnerships which value green space and fresh air.

Vision Statement. The Green Bay Trail will become a national example of the healthy intersection of nature and culture that inspires community and individual wellbeing.

Mission Statement.
We are environmental stewards of the Green Bay Trail. Our mission is to promote a healthy natural corridor for the well-being of individuals and surrounding communities.




Friends of the Green Bay Trail 
P.O. Box 545
Glencoe, IL 60022