Distance

3.6 Miles

Elevation Gain

62 Feet

Activities

Running, Snowshoeing, Hiking, Fitness

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Groups
Wildflowers

The Buffalo Viewing Trail is a 3.6 mile out and back hike, just outside of Elwood, Illinois.

The trail features chances to see bison, and scenic wild flowers. The Buffalo Viewing Trail is in Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, and is open year-round. Dogs are allowed on this trail but must be kept on leash.

Old army bunkers are scattered along the trail. The trail winds through a prairie, so the grass is often mid-calf or knee height. Be weary of ticks - for both you, and your dog. 

Photos: Darius Norvilas

Community Photos

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

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Buffalo and Bunkers

Such a fantastic place to hike - beautiful prairie land and we got close up views of the buffalo! Exploring the WWII bunkers were also very cool. Excellent way to spend the day outdoors, we will definitely go back.

Distance

3.6 Miles

Elevation Gain

62 Feet

Activities

Running, Snowshoeing, Hiking, Fitness

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

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