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Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Wilmington

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  • Did you ever think that Illinois would be the first in the nation to create a natural prairie, with bison? This is actually manned by the US Foresty... This is a place of tallgrasses, prairie plants a...  more »
  • The sprawling grasslands of Midewin are mostly flat, which might make it seem like a boring place to visit. Looking from above on Google maps however reveals that it's anything but boring, and going i...  more »
  • Interesting place if you like the outdoors and Hiking. Lots of trails with plants and natural landscape. Check calendar for special things happening there. Its a very easy ride. Got to see the Bison. ...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.