This Serene Illinois Trail System Is The Ultimate Urban Escape
In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, particularly in the city, it can be hard to find an escape. Getting out in nature allows us to reconnect and reprogram ourselves. This is very possible on the Illinois Prairie Path. Here are a few facts about this great path.
1. Founded in 1963, it was actually North America's first successful rail to trail project.
2. 61 miles of railway was converted into this trail, but you can still see rails as you go by.
3. It spans from DuPage to Kane to Cook Counties.
4. It runs through forested neighborhoods, wetlands and patches of prairie.
5. What you have is a well-maintained, manicured trail.
6. There are prairie remnants, which are kept intact.
7. A few bridges are on this trail: one over a railroad, and the other, seen here, over the Des Plaines River.
8. You can pick from three branches (Main, Aurora and Elgin), but whichever you pick, you will have a beautiful walk or bike ride.
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