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The Fermilab Trail garners its name by running though the campus of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), the former home of the Tevatron particle accelerator. The 3.9-mile particle accelerator, which was in use from 1983-2011, was the second largest in the world and was well-known for its 1995 discovery of the top quark.
The trail extends from near both the Warrenville Grove Forest Preserve and Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville to neighborhoods on Batavia’s eastern edge. The campus of Fermilab, which occupies a large plot of land between the two towns, is open to the public from dawn to dusk, and the Fermilab Trail cuts directly through its heart.
The trail also offers a bit of a shortcut between the Aurora Branch and the Batavia Spur of the 61-mile Illinois Prairie Path. The Fermilab Trail meets the Aurora Branch in the east; in the west, travel less than 1 mile south on Kirk Road to reach the Batavia Spur.
Parking for the Fermilab Trail can be found at the Urban Stream Research Center in the Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville. A large parking lot is located on Slim Beach Road. From there, take the short connector trail over the West Branch of the DuPage River to meet the Fermilab Trail at Batavia Road.
Parking is also available within Fermilab’s campus. Enter from Batavia Road in Warrenville or Pine Street in Batavia. Visitors must have valid photo identification to gain access to the grounds.
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