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Old Plank Road Trail Bike Path

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Old Plank Road Trail Bike Path

A 21-mile recreation and nature trail in northeastern Illinois

 

A Rich Native Landscape

An old railroad right-of-way, now a biking and hiking trail, just happens to have some of the richest and most diverse fragments of our native landscape. Plant communities from wet to dry and from open prairie to oak woods thrive in complex matrices. The expected trademark native species are found, but so are rarities like snowy campion, scurfy pea, prairie lily, short green milkweed, savanna blazing star, and silky aster.   George Johnson/Chicago Wilderness Magazine 2000