Hike the Buffalo Viewing Trail

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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


3.6 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

62 ft Gain




Fitness, Running, Snowshoeing, Hiking

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!


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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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