Joliet Iron Works Historic Site Trails Loop

EASY 31 reviews

Joliet Iron Works Historic Site Trails Loop is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Joliet, Illinois that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and trail running and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.4 miles Elevation Gain: 22 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

walking

running

paved

views

no shade

historic site

hiking
snow
20 days ago

hiking
6 months ago

Great for playing Pokemon Go!

hiking
8 months ago

Great history of Joliet and I loved the interpretative signs. Now I know why we were called the Steelmen. The trail connects to another trail so you can keep going and get a good walk in.

hiking
9 months ago

If you’re a history buff this is an excellent piece of Joliet history. It’s easy and quick, not quite a hike, more like a walk among the ruins with informative signs.

Sun Aug 20 2017

Beautiful historical trail, I live by it and never knew it was there. Tip for women: don't go by yourself. it's by a not great area of Joliet and the state prison is right there too.

hiking
Tue Jul 18 2017

Quiet gem in Joliet. I enjoyed the interpretive signs exploring the Iron Works and the working life of the workers who built Joliet.

walking
Wed May 17 2017

Interesting old iron works. Plus the old buildings you see on the other side of the railroad track

walking
Sun Feb 26 2017

Cool history and different things to look at!

hiking
Sun Feb 19 2017

Great place to take kids for history lesson or Pokémon Go game. great photo ops as well

hiking
Fri Apr 29 2016

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.

walking
Thu Apr 23 2015

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.

walking
Thu May 31 2012

A very informative trail with signs that explain how the iron worker lived and their working conditions.

mountain biking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

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