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Event Calendar

Pedal the Prairie Bike Tour

Event Information

Date: Saturday, 05/04/2019

Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Fee: Free!

Age: All Ages

Contact Phone: 815.727.8700

Location: Sugar Creek Administration Center

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Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock

Event Details

Join the Forest Preserve District of Will County and Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie on an invigorating spring bike ride on the Wauponsee Glacial Trail and the beautiful Bailey Bridge Trail on the way to Midewin’s Iron Bridge.

Forest Preserve staff and volunteers will lead the tour from Sugar Creek Administration Center in Joliet, pointing out fun and interesting items along the way. Once the ride reaches the Bailey Bridge Trailhead connection, the group will head west through Midewin en route to the Iron Bridge Trailhead. Staff from Midewin will be there celebrating the 75th birthday of Smokey Bear. Historic prints from Smokey Bear artist Rudy Wendelin as well as other vintage films, photos and posters featuring Smokey Bear will be on display.

Bike tour participants will return to Sugar Creek Administration Center unguided and at their own pace along the same path. The total distance of the ride is 31.5 miles from start to finish along a multi-surface trail, not suitable for road bikes or other thin-tired bicycles. E-bikes will not be permitted.

This program is part of the Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival, a day-long celebration sponsored by the 13 communities which make up the 90-mile linear museum from Joliet to Towanda.

Event Requirements

Registration is required by Thursday, May 2: 815.727.8700.


The ride will be on a multi-surface trail. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service to participate in this program should call 815.727.8700, or submit a request online no later than 48 hours before the program.

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