Prairie & Forest Trails

Explore the self-guided prairie and forest trails on Joliet Junior College's Main Campus.

There are many legendary landmarks, such as the limestone wall rumored to be built by Confederate Civil War prisoners. Also, there are granite boulders brought down from the north by a glacier 12,000 years ago.

Wild animals, including deer, opossums, squirrels, raccoons, snakes and skunks, live in the preserve. Many different species of birds also live here, such as swallows, flycatchers, bluebirds, kingfishers, and herons.

The college has 2.75 miles of paved trail and two miles of unpaved nature trails. The paved trail is part of the Rock Run Trail and represents a cooperative agreement between JJC and the Will County Forest Preserve District. The Rock Run Trail connects to the 61-mile I & M Canal Trail. Cyclists, walkers, runners, and skaters can use the paved trail. The unpaved nature trails are foot paths only.

Motor vehicles are prohibited from using all of the trails. Violators are subject to fines. Please respect these valuable resources.

View the Nature Trail Guide

Trail Lengths

Walking Difficulty: Easy




Rock Run Trail (Paved)



Forest Trail (Unpaved)



Prairie Trail (Unpaved)