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Midewin visitors can now use an app for self-guided tours

Midewin Volunteer Tom Coyne (left) and Midewin Archaeologist and Heritage Program Manager Joe Wheeler show the guide that they produced that describes the remains of prairie farmsteads.
Midewin Volunteer Tom Coyne (left) and Midewin Archaeologist and Heritage Program Manager Joe Wheeler show the guide that they produced that describes the remains of prairie farmsteads.

Visitors to the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie are now be able to use an app on their phone for self-guided tours.

The tours include nine stops at such spots as the silo, the corn crib, the milk house and more, according to a news release. Visitors can learn about Midewin's prairie farm legacy and the prairie farmsteads that helped shape the area.

Midewin said in the release it's encouraging visitors to "experience the prairie at your own pace with guides that are online and ready to print or read on your smartphone at your convenience."

Midewin's app also contains detailed information about the Iron Bridge Trailhead area and hunting.

To access the app, visit midewin.oncell.com.

Trail maps are available in English and Spanish at Midewin's website. Those interested can download, print and view the maps on their smartphone or tablet.

Printed copies of Midewin's trail maps are also available in the Midewin Welcome Center and at the trailheads in limited amounts. The welcome center is located at 30239 Illinois Route 53 in Wilmington.

Over 30 miles of non-motorized trails are open to the public every day, year-round from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m.

For more information, visit fs.usda.gov/midewin.

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