Prairie Creek Woods Trail
ElevationAscent: 11' 3 m
Descent: -11' -3 m
High: 547' 167 m
Low: 537' 164 m
GradeAvg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 1% (1°)
“A short loop that travels through restored oak savanna to a pond lookout.”— Eric Ashley
Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Need to Know
Keep following the road through open prairie until a mown trail starts on the left along the tree line (the Blodgett Marsh Trail begins here). Take this left. It doesn't take long before a dense grove of small trees provides some welcome shade and the tread changes to wood chips. Look for wildlife, wildflowers, and the first glimpse of Buttonbush Pond as the trail begins to wander to the south.
The lookout and benches at the pond make a great spot to take in the sights and sounds of nature as you take a break. When you're ready, continue running through an oak-and-hickory forest that will eventually return you to the prairie's edge. Parallel the trees above the creek until reaching the road. Simply turn to the right and retrace your way back through the fence to the parking area.
Flora & Fauna
Land Manager: USFS - Midewin National Tallgrass Prarie Office