6 Ways to Enjoy Illinois' Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
Take a wildflower walk in the woods
Midewin is a work in progress, a patchwork landscape of prairie, woodland and marsh stitched by old Army roads and dotted with bunkers. Crushed-rock trails lead to some wild places worth exploring (a map is essential; seasonal guided tours are a plus).
The 1.5-mile Prairie Creek Woods Trail meanders through woods along a clear, shallow creek. Here, wildflowers dot the ground: bluebells, spring beauty and mayapples, while Buttonbush Pond reflects the absolute peace of a woodland pond in spring.