Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve
This 891-acre preserve features several interconnecting trails including: 1.89 miles of natural surface trail, 3.15-miles of crushed limestone trail and .38-mile of paved path. Each fall, the preserve bursts into color, as a blend of tree species add to the fall palette. Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve protects forest, savanna, prairie/sedge meadow and marsh. On the Plum Creek Greenway Trail, hikers will encounter a stunning boardwalk that stretches 40 feet above a ravine. Parking for the Crete Township-based preserve is located at 27064 S. Dutton Road, Beecher.
(Photo by Chad Merda)
Lake Renwick Bikeway
The Lake Renwick Bikeway is a 3.35-mile paved path that travels through the Lake Renwick preservation system, which is home to a variety of plant species, including prairie sundrops and rattlesnake master. Trail travelers are likely to see a wide variety of bird species including the great blue heron and great egret that make their home in the nearby Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve. Parking is available on Lockport Street, east of Division Street in Plainfield.
(Photo by Ron Molk)
Old Plank Road Trail
The Old Plank Road Trail is a 21-mile paved trail that runs east from Washington Street in Joliet all the way to Western Avenue in Park Forest. Cruise a manageable chunk of the trail or travel the entire stretch of this former railroad route as it passes through New Lenox, Frankfort, Rich Township and Matteson. The trail connects to the District's Wauponsee Glacial Trail and the state-owned Illinois and Michigan Canal Trail. Access and parking are located on Washington Street and Park Road in Joliet, Schoolhouse Road in New Lenox and Route 30 in Mokena.
(Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock)
Rock Run Greenway Trail
Ride, run or skate for 9.93 miles on the Rock Run Greenway Trail, which stretches southwest from Theodore Marsh through Rock Run Preserve, Colvin Grove Preserve and Lower Rock Run Preserve where it links to the state's Illinois & Michigan Canal Trail. Continue onto the Joliet Junction Trail and the DuPage River Trail to create a 16-mile loop. Parking is available at Lower Rock Run on Hollywood Road, south of Interstate 80.
(Photo by Celina Chase)
Wauponsee Glacial Trail
The Wauponsee Glacial Trail is the District's longest trail that travels 22.29 miles from Joliet all the way to the Kankakee River. The trail developed within two abandoned railroad corridors: Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, Pacific and the Norfolk Southern. The northern 2.8 miles are paved and the remainder is an equestrian-friendly limestone screening trail from Sugar Creek Preserve in Joliet south to Custer Park. Equestrian parking is available at Sugar Creek and the Midewin-Wauponsee Trailhead located on Hoff Road in Elwood.
(Photo by Cindy Cain)