Get Fit While Social Distancing at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Preserve

A woman walking at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Preserve.

Summer is here, which means it’s time to explore the outdoors. The Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Preserve is just a 25-minute drive from our Crest Hill apartments and is the perfect getaway for a weekend or sunny afternoon. Here are three activities you can enjoy at this reserve.


The reserve has several trails of varying difficulty for day hikers. Check out the short Newton Loop Trail, a 1.6-mile walk through native prairie flora and fauna. See if you can spot the bobolink, a small blackbird with a bright yellow head.

You may also see indigo buntings; these small bright blue birds are hard to miss. For a longer walk, try the 2.5-mile Bailey Bridge Trail, where you will find descriptive plaques that highlight the history of the Bailey Bridge.


The Twin Oaks Trail is a six-mile loop leading to the east side of the reserve, past areas of restored prairie and culminating in Turtle Pond. This loop is perfect for spotting birds, as well. You can also make your own path at the Iron Bridge Trailhead, which provides access to several bike-accessible trails. This includes the Group 63 Trail, a 3.6-mile dirt road that loops around former ammunition bunkers.

Bison Cam

Planning on staying home? No problem. Now, you can view the prairie and its wildlife right from your apartment with the bison cam provided by the National Forest Foundation. If there’s nothing happening on the screen, be sure to check out the archived footage which shows herds of bison grazing at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Preserve. You can learn more about our national mammal here.

As you make the drive down to the reserve, try listening to our podcast recommendations. And, if you’d like to return to a luxurious apartment after your walk, consider making The Woodlands of Crest Hill your new home. For more information about our premium floor plans or to schedule a virtual tour, contact us today.

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