Iron Bridge Trailhead

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Iron Bridge Trailhead provides direct access to several trails and areas:

  • Route 53 Trail
  • Group 63 Trail
  • Henslow Trail

Adjacent to the Iron Bridge Trailhead is Midewin’s second largest restoration prairie. This Trailhead currently provides the only connection between the East and West side trails via the Henslow Trail.

Pollinator gardens are located between the parking lot and the trailhead. After exiting your vehicle you can take a short pathway through the pollinator garden before arriving at the information kiosk at the trailhead. About 50 feet from the trailhead the main trail splits to the left and there is a sign that says "To the Campfire Ring", the trail leads about 100 yards and ends at the Campfire Ring.

From the trailhead visitors will also see the remains of two farmsteads. Morgan farmstead can be found just north of the main entrance to the trailhead, and Rodgers farmstead can be found along the north edge of the path leading to the fire ring.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Permanent gate, pedestrian traffic only.
Fees This is not a fee site.
Permit Info: Permits are required for hunting access.
Open Season: January 1 - December 31
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Elwood
Water: None
Restroom: Portable Toilets
Operated By: Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

General Information


From the Midewin Welcome Center

  • Turn right/north onto Route 53
  • Travel north on Route 53 for 2.4 miles.
  • Turn right/east onto the gravel road to the parking area and trailhead

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Road Cycling

Group 63 Trail: The Group 63 Interim Trial is a 3.6 mile dirt road that loops around the former ammunition bunkers.  Many of the bunkers are sealed and not open to visitors, however Bunker Group 63-1 is open.

Henslow Trail: The Henslow Trail crosses the Iron Bridge over SR 53/Historic Route 66 onto Midewin's west side.

Restriction must be followed and cyclist must remain in open areas only. No bikes are allowed on the Hedgeapple trail or the Turtle Pond loop.


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