Buffalo Viewing Trail

EASY 18 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
62 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

12 days ago

hiking
21 days 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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5 months ago

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11 months ago

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.

hiking
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!

hiking
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.

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Monday, June 09, 2014

Easy trail but no shade so bring the sunscreen and tick spray. Main trail is gravel but other loops are cut prairie grasses, some walk-thru gates. Some of the east side bunkers are open for exploring. Cow pasture next to the trail to the iron bridge, so you may have company, they will follow you, including 2 that escaped and were actually on the trail. Good for birding and butterfly watching.

hiking
Thursday, May 23, 2013

Nice walk, careful though we picked up many tics!!

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

4 trail heads the south patrol road trail head is the best because you go through one of the retired bunker fields for the joliet arsenal that made ammo and explosives since world war 2 trail maps are located on http://www.fs.usda.gov/midewin. what you can do there is hike bike and horse back riding but you have to bring your own horse.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Midewin continues to be a work in progress as the federal government is turning much of the former Joliet Arsenal into tallgrass prairie. In fact the most interesting part of the area are the decaying army structures and concrete bunkers one can see on a day visit. There are several trails in the area and all are pretty easy though the length can be challenging to some. My visit included hiking a 13 mile loop formed by the Group 63, Twin Oaks, and Bunker Field trails. Though the area is federal land administered by the United States Forest Service , it is a sparsely visited area.