Buffalo Viewing Trail

EASY 25 reviews

Buffalo Viewing Trail is a 3.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Elwood, Illinois that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
52 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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2 months ago

No shade and a little bumpy for our stroller. Did not see buffalo but saw many monarch butterflies.

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2 months ago

Easy trail. Chance to see buffalo. Great for seeing prairie sights...birds, insects, flowers. Can also see some of the old bunkers that are near the trail.

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2 months ago

Easy trails here, but don't go on a hot day, there is no shade. Not much to see unless you get a chance look at a bison, which is pretty unique.

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6 months ago

Good trails. Bison are great to see when they are in view. Wonderful to go hiking and enjoy the beauty of nature.

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Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Is different, beautiful. There's actually more trails off River rd. When you see a "game farm" sign you need to turn the opposite way on boathouse road.. you want to go north on boathouse. There is only 1 small hard to see sign. All the western trails are here. Beware of Ticks, spray and keep to center of trails. Prairie Creek was a nice short trail with a pond outlook in some semi-dense forest. Henslow trail is the long one in the west of the park. You are out in the prairie for the whole thing, bring water, the sun will destroy you! But it is worth it.... mowed grass trail that goes right thru the heart of the prairie.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Led a group of Cub Scouts along the Group 63 Trail Loop. The ranger was able to show the boys a Cold War era bunker and we did spy bison at a distance with binoculars. Great Day!

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

I went by myself one day, It was decent but nothing too extrodinary. I suppose it was because if the trail I took. I would ask the visitors office for a more specific trail to what your looking for and you'd probably enjoy it much more

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Yes, lots of Ticks. We took the Group 63 Interim Trail. It was great fun exploring the old bunkers, though the cows pasturing in the area earlier left us lots of "presents". Great trail for a nice day.

Monday, June 01, 2015

I ran the Twin Oaks loop trail. It is passable most of the 5.3 miles but the south western portion was overgrown to the point where the knee high weeds are slapping into you. Also, I suspect a hog farm is nearby.