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Illinois Prairie Path

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Illinois Prairie Path

LENGTH:

61 miles

SURFACE:

unpaved - ompacted crushed limestone

COMMUNITIES:

Elgin, South Elgin, Wayne, Lakewood, Wheaton, St. Charles, Geneva, West Chicago, Winfield, Batavia, Aurora, Warrenville, Glen Ellyn, Lombard, Villa Park, Hillside, Bellwood, Maywood

HIGHLIGHTS:

rail-trail, James Pate Philup State Park, Timber Ridge Forest Preserve, Downtown Aurora, residential neighborhoods.

NEARBY TRAILS:

Fox River Trail

Stearns Road Trail

Great Western Trail

Timber Ridge Trail

James "Pate" Philup State Park

West Branch DuPage River Trail

Salt Creek Greenway Trail

RELATED LINKS:

Aurora

Chicago

Naperville

Regional Trails

The Illinois Prairie Path is a 61-mile long system of unpaved pathways located in Cook, DuPage and Kane Counties in Northeastern Illinois. The trail was the first Rails-To-Trails conversion in the United States and dates back to the 1960s.

The lengthy trail system branches out in several directions and serves several communities. The route goes past numerous parks and forest preserves. The trail also intersects with other major recreational trails in the area and with pathways and hiking trails in the forest preserves.

Conditions

The Illinois Prairie Path is open for non-motorized use such as bike riding and running. Horseback riding is allowed in certain sections. The surface of the trail is compacted crushed limestone.

Communities

The Illinois Prairie Path travels through or close by to the following communities: Elgin, South Elgin, Wayne, Lakewood, Wheaton, St. Charles, Geneva, West Chicago, Winfield, Batavia, Aurora, Warrenville, Glen Ellyn, Lombard, Villa Park, Hillside, Bellwood and Maywood.

Points of Interest

The Illinois Prairie Path goes nearby to the following parks, schools, nature preserves and other points of interest:

James Pate Philip State Park Prairie Path Woodland Swamp County Park
Timber Ridge Forest Preserve O'Donnel Park
Good Templar Park Metea Valley High School
Prairie Landing Golf Club Blackwell County Forest Preserve
Reed Keplar Park St James Farm Forest Preserve
West Chicago Metra Station Wheaton Metra Station
Lincoln Marsh Natural Area Wheaton College
Glenwood Park Forest Preserve College Avenue Metra Station
Rotolo Middle School Hoffman Park
Illinois Avenue Park Glen Ellyn Metra Station
Atten Park Garfield Elementary School
Nearby Trails

The Illinois Prairie Path intersects or goes nearby to several other recreational trails in the area, including: Fox River Trail, Stearns Road Trail, Great Western Trail, Timber Ridge Trail, James "Pate" Philup State Park Trails, West Branch DuPage River Trail and the Salt Creek Greenway Trail.

End Points

There are seveal branches to the Illinois Prairie Path system of trails.

The west end of the north branch is located along Raymond Street on the south side of Elgin. The trail meets the Fox River Trail at this location.

Another western endpoint of the trail is near Good Templar Park in Geneva. The trail intersects the Fox River Trail at this location as well.

A third western endpoint of the Illinois Prairie Path is located near S. River Street and Bond Drive in Batavia. The trail intersect the Fox River Trail at this point.

The west end of the south branch is located just north of W. Illinois Avenue in Aurora. Again, the trail is close to the Fox River Trail at this location.

The branches meet at W. Liberty Drive and S. Carlton Avenue in Wheaton. This point is close to the Wheaton Metra Station.

The east end of the Illinois Prairie Path is locatedalong S. 1st Avenue at Maybrook Drive in Maywood.


Resources

Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the Illinois Prairie Path in Northern Illinois.