Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Wilmington

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  • This relatively new addition to the national forests service lands is in a relatively remote area near Joliet IL, but worth seeing. We spent a couple hours trying to find the bison but they are elusiv...  more »
  • I visited yesterday with my 9-year old. The bison were clustered around a watering hole and so we didn't have an opportunity to see them up close. We walked about 1.5 miles to reach the viewing area. ...  more »
  • We came to the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie for two reasons. Obviously, the first was to see the buffalo (or bison). But just like when I'm scuba diving, you don't always see a whale shark or a ...  more »
  • Very nice welcome center with lots of interesting displays & fact sheets. The staff were helpful and knowledgeable and even let us borrow a pair of binoculars for our hike. The trails around the bison pasture were wide and flat - but long, so next time I'll bring a bike to cover more distance. Definitely make time to visit the bison herd - it was truly incredible to watch them! I will be a return visitor, for sure.
  • They got bison here now!! Even baby ones. It is an awesome place, with miles of trails for hikers and bicycles (note: limestone path) and horses. Usually very quiet and not crowded at all, except some people gathering around bison areas. Park is completely free. Used to address for storing arsenal and now a very lovely park. Great for day trip from Chicago. Do do a tick check after if you come during summer!!!
  • As many describe, this place is a diamond in the rough. There's so much open land to explore, and seeing the bison in a large prairie where they belong puts zoos to shame. The forest service has done a great job in restoring the land to what it was. It feels so authentic that I feel proud to live in the Great Plains region! My complaint comes from Route 53, where the noise of nearby traffic on certain trails can take a little bit out of the serenity. It's a great place to visit, and I can't wait to keep exploring its views and history!
  • This is an on going project. They have a small head of Buffalo on the preserve. The visitors center was excellent. It was a little hard to find the grass seed beds but it was worth the effort. The grass was not as tall compared to Buffalo Gap Grasslands on SD.
  • Beautiful trails through a tallgrass prairie. This national park is strewn with old, overgrown military bunkers which are cool to explore. Didn't catch a glimpse of any bison, but they're in an expansive fenced off area for protection.

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