Do not confuse this with the paved North Branch Trail in the same area.
North Branch is some of Chicago's finest trails. It follows the northern branch of the Chicago River making the ride muddy in the spring. You'll find small climbs and smooth single track.
How to get there:
From the Tri-State (294) North head to Dempster Avenue East. Follow Dempster for approximately 4 miles. Just past Waukeegan Road you will see the Metra Railroad Tracks. Park your car in this area and ride your bike down to the river. The trail will be in this area. Just follow the river, the path runs just beside it. The trail boundaries are Glenview Road and Oakton Avenue.