Illinois Prairie Path Aurora and Elgin Branches

Chicago, Illinois

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These two connected branches of the Illinois Prairie Path take you through a suburban landscape that is largely residential, sometimes industrial, and often feels more remote than it actually is. As the route cuts through a number of forest preserves, the dense trailside greenery falls away and majestic views of wetlands and prairie open up in front of you. At roughly the route’s halfway mark, budget some time for checking out the shops and restaurants in Wheaton.
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by Ted Villaire (Falcon Guides)

These two connected branches of the Illinois Prairie Path take you through a suburban landscape that is largely residential, sometimes industrial, and often feels more remote than it actually is.

As the route cuts through a number of forest preserves, the dense trailside greenery falls away and majestic views of wetlands and prairie open up in front of you. At roughly the route’s halfway mark, budget some time for checking out the shops and restaurants in Wheaton.

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Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Chicago
Distance: 54.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Riding Time: 6 hours
Local Contacts: McCullough Park
Local Maps: USGS Aurora North, Elgin, Geneva, Naperville, and West Chicago DeLorme: Illinois Atlas and Gazetteer: Pages 20 and 28
Driving Directions: Directions to Illinois Prairie Path: Aurora and Elgin Branches

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