6 Ways to Enjoy Illinois' Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
Bike the wide-open spaces
Pioneers described the Illinois prairie as a "sea of grass" (and covered wagons came to be known as prairie schooners). Midewin's trail system includes 16 miles of mixed-use trails (hiking, biking and bring-your-own horseback riding) that offer a chance to drink in that vastness and solitude. Cyclists usually start at Midewin's Iron Bridge Trailhead. Guided bike tours are offered periodically (bring your own wheels).