Wauponsee Glacial Trail

Chicago, Illinois

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One of the newest rail trails in the state, the Wauponsee Glacial Trail runs from Joliet to the Kankakee River, mostly through wide-open farmland. After passing the town of Manhattan, the trail skirts the eastern edge of the sprawling Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, formerly the largest ammunition-production plant in the world. The trail ends at the Kankakee River, where you’ll enjoy long views from a former railroad bridge.
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by Ted Villaire (Falcon Guides)

One of the newest rail trails in the state, the Wauponsee Glacial Trail runs from Joliet to the Kankakee River, mostly through wide-open farmland.

After passing the town of Manhattan, the trail skirts the eastern edge of the sprawling Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, formerly the largest ammunition-production plant in the world. The trail ends at the Kankakee River, where you’ll enjoy long views from a former railroad bridge.

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Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Chicago
Distance: 44.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Riding Time: 4 hours
Local Maps: USGS Bonfield, Elwood, Joliet, and Symerton DeLorme: Illinois Atlas and Gazetteer: Pages 28 and 36
Driving Directions: Directions to Wauponsee Glacial Trail

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May 2018