Major Taylor Trail

Chicago, Illinois

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The first section of the Major Taylor Trail curves through Dan Ryan Woods Forest Preserve into the historic neighborhood of Beverly. On Longwood Avenue in Beverly, you’ll see a string of sprawling historic mansions of various styles. After touring the neighborhoods of Morgan Park and West Pullman, a soaring pedestrian bridge takes you over the Little Calumet River to the Whistler Forest Preserve. The first section of the Major Taylor Trail follows an old railroad embankment that gradually curves along the eastern edge of the Dan Ryan Woods Forest Preserve. Dense stands of trees rise high above the trail and lean overhead, creating a tunnel of branches and leaves. When the trail leaves the 20-foot-high embankment and returns to street level, the forest preserve continues to sprawl on the right, occasionally dotted with wetlands and marsh grasses.

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"The first section of the Major Taylor Trail curves through Dan Ryan Woods Forest Preserve into the historic neighborhood of Beverly. On Longwood Avenue in Beverly, you’ll see a string of sprawling historic mansions of various styles. After touring the neighborhoods of Morgan Park and West Pullman, a soaring pedestrian bridge takes you over the Little Calumet River to the Whistler Forest Preserve.

The first section of the Major Taylor Trail follows an old railroad embankment that gradually curves along the eastern edge of the Dan Ryan Woods Forest Preserve. Dense stands of trees rise high above the trail and lean overhead, creating a tunnel of branches and leaves. When the trail leaves the 20-foot-high embankment and returns to street level, the forest preserve continues to sprawl on the right, occasionally dotted with wetlands and marsh grasses."

Activity Type: Rail-Trails
Nearby City: Chicago
Distance: 8.6
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Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Blue Island
Driving Directions: Directions to Major Taylor Trail

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May 2018