Illinois Prairie Path

Wheaton, Illinois

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The Illinois Prairie Path (IPP) began as the vision of one woman, naturalist May Theilgaard Watts. In 1963 the Chicago Tribune published her letter to the editor describing the potential for an unused railway right-of-way to become a footpath lined with native plants. Her vision became the vision of numerous volunteers who worked to make this dream a reality.
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by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (Wilderness Press)

The Illinois Prairie Path (IPP) began as the vision of one woman, naturalist May Theilgaard Watts. In 1963 the Chicago Tribune published her letter to the editor describing the potential for an unused railway right-of-way to become a footpath lined with native plants. Her vision became the vision of numerous volunteers who worked to make this dream a reality.

© 2016 Rails-to-Trails Conservancy/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Rail-Trails
Nearby City: Wheaton
Distance: 61
Trail Type: Out-and-back
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Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: ipp.org
Driving Directions: Directions to Illinois Prairie Path

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Apr 2018