Patrick Mills
Natural Sciences and Physical Education
Department Chair
Phone: (815) 280-6702
Office: E-1029
Email: pmills@jjc.edu  

Suzanne Roberts
Natural Sciences and Physical Education
Department Secretary
Phone: (815) 280-2420
Fax: (815) 280-6670
Office: E-1043
Email: sroberts@jjc.edu

Prairie and Forest Trails 

JJC Nature 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 that was 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.

Students enrolled in the Fitness Center (HPR 101) can check out a pedometer and a litterbag, and walk two miles. Contact the Fitness Center for details at (815) 280-2437 or stop in room G-1018.

The trails are open from dawn to dusk, whenever the campus is open.

Trail Lengths

Walking Difficulty: Easy

Trail Miles Kilometers
Rock Run Trail (Paved) 2.75 m 4.4 km
Forest Trail (Unpaved) 1.30 m 2.1 km
Prairie Trail (Unpaved) 0.50 m 0.8 km

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1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet, IL 60431-8938
Phone: (815) 729-9020