Illinois Prairie Path

  • Great for Bicycling
  • serene prairie walkway
  • Take time to enjoy the beauty of the Elmhurst Great Western Prarie neighboring the Illinois Prarie Path.
  • Historic lampposts illuminate the path for nightime walks and jogging.

The Illinois Prairie Path was the first successful "rail-to-trail" conversion in the United States in the mid-1960s. The trail is named for its rare segments of original, thousand-year-old prairies, one of which - the Great Western Prairie - is right here in Elmhurst. With 62 total miles of biking, hiking, jogging, equestrian and nature trails, approximately five miles of the lush, beautiful Prairie Path runs through Elmhurst.