Maurice Webb Trail is a 0.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Carbondale, Illinois that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.7 miles Elevation Gain: 9 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



bird watching



wild flowers


city walk

Green Earth offers hiking and outdoor recreation at six sites across Carbondale, IL. All properties are open to the public during daylight hours. Green Earth's Chautauqua Bottoms is located on the north side of Chautauqua Road, between Emerald Lane and Tower Road. Historically this area was bottomland hardwood forest. The soils at this site are representative of wetlands, and indeed, the grounds are wet throughout the rainy season. This site possesses tall grass prairie, upland forest, bottomland hardwood, and a bottomland hardwood restoration area planted in 2005. This 37 acre preserve has four trail heads: the first is accessed from a well-marked parking area located off of Chautauqua Road, the second is located at the western terminus of Freeman Street, the third is located just west of the Flagland site off of Sunset Road (along the east edge of the Carbondale Park District Soccer Fields), and the fourth is at the south end of this trail where it meets Chautauqua Road. The intensity level of each of the trails is light, unless one wishes to cross Little Crab Orchard Creek to successfully loop the trail system. The creek crossing is very steep and should only be attempted when the creek level is low. The Maurice Webb Trail (named after former Green Earth Board Member and President, M. Webb) meanders through a tall grass prairie, a riparian woodland, and the reforestation area, looping back to the trail head and parking area off of Chautauqua Road. The trail is approximately .7 miles in length and forks to intersect with the Woodland Spur Trail to the north. Trail Adopters: Ken Mayberry Exciting changes are coming to the Chautauqua Bottoms! See the organization's website to keep updated with the improvements to this location. Please visit for more information.

5 months ago

If it’s rained make sure to bring waterproof foot gear!

8 months ago

Great trail for those who just need to get outside and walk. No large hills or cliff faces. Has a nice creek running through it and is never crowded. I rarely find others here except on extremely nice days.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Green Earth is an excellent organization in Carbondale that provides oversight of several preserves within city limits. This particular location has access to three trails (Woodland Spur and David Kenney Trail) that can interconnect for a longer hike. The David Kenney Trail will be upgraded to meet ADA standards and a new bridge will connect it to the main parking area. A great place to experience seasonal wildflowers with the prairie restoration. Keep in mind that this location is a wetland area, and may be wetter and muddier after rains. Recent additions include bike racks, benches, and garbage/recycling receptacles. Check out Green Earth's website to discover other trails and events that are hosted in the community!

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