Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

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Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

Illinois

(815) 423-6370

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Things To Do

Overview

The Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie established in 1996 is the nation's first federally designated tallgrass prairie.

"Midewin", pronounced "Mih-DAY-win", is the Potawatomi name for their healing society. A variety of activities including hiking, horseback riding, biking, and environmental exploration are offered on this 19,165 acre parcel of land being restored to a tallgrass prairie ecosystem.

Map of Midewin Nat'l Tallgrass Prairie

Latitude, Longitude: 41.335576, -88.132668

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Today, about 7,200 acres of Midewin are open to the public, including over 22 miles of interim trails. About 18 miles of trail are for shared use by hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians. Bicycles, horses, and leashed dogs are restricted to designated trails at all times. Visitors and trail users are welcome to the open areas of Midewin every day of the year from one hour before sunrise till one hour after sunset.

  • Hiking

    Today, about 7,200 acres of Midewin are open to the public, including over 22 miles of interim trails. About 18 miles of trail are for shared use by hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians. Over 4 miles of interim trails are for hiking only. Bicycles, horses, and leashed dogs are restricted to designated trails at all times. Visitors and trail users are welcome to the open areas of Midewin every day of the year from one hour before sunrise till one hour after sunset.

    Picnic tables and portable toilets are available at all trailheads. There are currently no sources of water at Midewin other than at the Midewin Welcome Center. Bulletin boards located at all trailheads are regularly updated with important information. Please check for the latest news before heading out on the trail.

  • Horseback Riding

    Today, about 7,200 acres of Midewin are open to the public, including over 22 miles of interim trails. About 18 miles of trail are for shared use by hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians. Bicycles, horses, and leashed dogs are restricted to designated trails at all times. Visitors and trail users are welcome to the open areas of Midewin every day of the year from one hour before sunrise till one hour after sunset.

  • Hunting

    Hunting at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is available on all lands open to the public. The Midewin Special Hunt Area Rules ensure a successful recreational experience for all. Both deer and turkey are open to hunting. Additionally, accessible hunting blinds may be reserved for hunters.

Park Partners

Midewin Interpretive Association

Directions

Driving

From I55 look for exit 241, Wilmington. At the top of the ramp (both northbound and southbound), turn left or east. Travel 3.5 miles on New River Road to the intersection with State Route 53. Turn left or north. Follow Route 53 for one mile to the Midewin Supervisor's Office, on the right or east side of the highway.

Or take I55 to I80. Head east, or toward Toledo. Follow the directions below for I80.

From I80 look for exit 132, State Route 53 and Chicago Street. At the end of the ramp (both eastbound and westbound), turn right or south. Travel south on State Route 53, also known as Historic Route 66, for approximately 15 miles -- past the race tracks, the town of Elwood, and Prairie Creek grain company. The supervisor's office will be on the left or east side of the highway.

From I57 look for exit 327, Peotone. From the northbound ramp, turn left or west. From the southbound ramp, turn right or west. Travel approximately 15 miles on the Wilmington-Peotone Road to the lighted intersection at State Route 53. Turn right or north, and travel approximately 1.5 miles. The SO is on the right or east side of the highway.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(815) 423-6370

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