Joliet Iron Works Historic Site Trails Loop is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Joliet, Illinois that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Not a nature trail but a great walk through the ruins of an old iron works. Seeing toehold prison through the trees and reading the informative plaques is a great way to spend some time learning the history of the area.
The cement paved "trail" was less nature oriented than a hiker would generally pursue, because it mostly featured industrial ruins and information about the materials' production process. Was educational about the wage workers' culture and lifestyle in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, during Joliet's booming steal/iron/limestone industries after the Chicago fire increased production demands. Connects with the I & M Canal bike path, and has a view of the historical castle like state penitentiary.
A very informative trail with signs that explain how the iron worker lived and their working conditions.