Midewin is the first national and largest tallgrass prairie restoration effort east of the Mississippi River. 33 miles of trails are open for non-motorized recreation.
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Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
Year Round Walk
SN: 123171 - 2023 / Y2508
From Sun, Jan 1st, 2023 to Dec 31st, 2023
Start box available: 8-4:30 Mon-Fri
Physical start box and Online start box (OSB) option
WARNING: The map pin is for reference only and may not accurately indicate the start box location or the event start.
CC: Will County
Special programs that are applicable to all events or all walks are not shown to reduce clutter.
The walk box is behind the counter inside the Welcome Center. After registering you can do an 11k walk from the Welcome Center or drive a few miles to the 5k or 10k trailheads. Driving instructions are with the walk directions. Please check our Facebook page Windy City Walkers or the club website www.windycitywalkers.org for the latest updates. During summer Welcome Center is open on Saturday. To contact the center call 815-423-6370 or www.fs.fed.us/mntp/.
Rating: 1B, Distance: 5, 10, 11km
Start times 8 am-4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Closed Saturday, Sunday, and Federal holidays. (Welcome Center) Trails are on old roads and railroad beds surfaced with crushed gravel and mowed grass. Walks pass through large open fields and restored prairie. On the trails you can view and pass old ammunition bunkers--the remnants of the long-closed Joliet Army Ammunition Plant, the WWII-designed Bailey Bridge, and Midewin's bison herd. Parts of the trail are shared with bicyclists and equestrians. The trails are open daily from 4 am-10 pm
Awards: IVV CREDIT ONLY
OSB - First register for the event
The detailed location of, and driving directions to, the event starting point are included in the event directions, downloaded from the Online Start Box (OSB). To plan your travels, please use the map on this page. The POC does not provide event directions nor accept alternate payment methods.
This event also has a physical start box. These are the driving directions:
30239 South Illinois Route 53, Wilmington, IL. Phone: 815/423-6370, www.windycitywalkers.org. From I-55, exit 241. Turn left (east). Travel 3.8 miles on New River Road to IL 53. Left on IL 53 1.0 miles to Midewin on your right. From I-57, exit 327, Peotone. Travel west toward Wilmington. Right on IL 53 to Midewin, 1.5 miles. From I-80, exit 132, IL 53 and Chicago St. South on IL 53 for 15 miles. Midewin Welcome Center is on left. After registration you will drive on Route 66 (now IL 53) to Start Point.
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30239 S. IL Rt 53, Wilmington, IL, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
This event has a remote start.
3 trails, one from Welcome Center; two others you drive to the start point. Receive directions when registering
PLEASE do not mix and match between the two registration methods. It will confuse you and the club. Choose one, OSB or PSB, to complete the event.
Windy City Walkers (AVA-0722)
Event website: windycitywalkers.org
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