The 52-acre Joliet Iron Works Historic Site was acquired between 1991 and 1997.
The preserve is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.
Prior to the District's acquisition of the land, it was the site of an iron manufacturing facility from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. Cultural resources protected at the preserve include foundations of the blast furnaces and other structures from the dismantled factory.
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Amenities and Activities
Joliet Iron Works Historic Site features 0.59 mile of paved trail that provides a self-guided interpretive tour of the site's historical significance.
The preserve also provides access to the 7.57-mile, crushed limestone/paved I&M Canal Trail, ideal for the following activities:
- In-Line Skating (on 3.26-mile paved segment north of 135th Street)
- Cross-Country Skiing
The preserve offers one picnic shelter for rental, Joliet Iron Works Shelter, with a permit capacity of 100 people. Learn more about picnic permits and fees.