Miller Meadow in Maywood, IL has served a lot of purposes over
the years, from U.S. Air Mail airport to the area's first auto
racing track, and more recently the site of a mountain of fill
dug up to create the deep tunnel project. It retains its' flying
roots by serving as the area's authorized model airplane flying
field, and is also an authorized snowmobile grove when conditions
The mountail of fill has slowly been reduced, and it appears
that the Forest Preserve District is preparing to return the fenced-off
area to public use. There are a couple of new lakes on the land,
which may or may not remain, and the open picnic groves are very
popular in the summer, with few places to park throughout the
For you city dwellers, the CTA
Blue Line terminates at Forest Park, and since they now allow
bicycles aboard at no extra charge, you can escape the madness
of city riding and experience some real singletrack action in
just a few minutes!
This grove is close to the eastern trailhead of the Illinois
Prairie Path as well as the southern end of the DesPlaines River
trail. The singletrack is very overgrown on the south end as you
follow the fenceline, but once you are about 1/3 of the way north
the trails are well defined and challenging. Large coyote roam
the fenced in area, as well as many deer.
The back woods area is not heavily traveled, and, unlike most
stretches of trail along the river, the through trail is not along
the banks, as there is an inlet that creates a penninsula on the
south end and prevents a direct ride through along the riverbanks.
Look for the abandoned ship wreck as you approach Roosevelt Road.
Once there, you can hang a right and then continue north through
Forest Park and River Forest to pick up the very beginning of
the DesPlaines River Trail at Washington Blvd.