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

Pack List

  • Water
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Bug spray (to ward off ticks)
  • Sun protection
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RT Distance 3.6 Miles
Elevation Gain 62 Feet
Activities Running, Snowshoeing, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Groups
Wildflowers

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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.


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