Harvard IL may not be home to a renown Ivy League University in fact it may not have any similarities other than the name to it’s famous counterpart, but it does have the Long Prairie Bike Trail. This paved 14.5 mile trail, was once a portion of the trail was once the Kenosha Division Rail Line. The path is mostly prairie, but there are shaded portions along the way. A number of small villages such as Capron, Poplar Grove and Caledonia are adjacent to the trail. The trail is fairly flat and there is signage providing information on native plants as well as the history of the region. There are a few places to stop and rest and get some refreshments.
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For the entire list of all trails on the Union Pacific Northwest Line http://justoffthetracks.com/2013/04/05/biking-along-the-metra-northwest-pacific-line/
Just Off the Tracks encourages everyone to review the following link to see complete list of guidelines concerning Bikes on Trains. http://metrarail.com/metra/en/home/utility_landing/riding_metra/riding_metra.html