If you like the mixture of hiking and industrial ruins, this is a great option for a one-day micro-adventure.
Depending on the season, allow for a 3-4 hour hike on the trail before dusk. You will have beautiful views at the end of your hike of the Industrial sites in the distance as their lights turn on and dramatic light and shadows on the old swing bridge.
One of the most haunting places I have visited in the US, haunting in the way the stories of the past cling to the walls and to your ears on the tour.
Autumn, fewer visitors, perfect weather to visit such a towering structure of the past. Clouds or rain will only add to the drama.
If you enjoy both natural and historical locations, Joliet's Iron Works blends a comfortable walk through the past on accessible pathways and abundant informational signs to learn about this locati
August - November, mid-day to dusk, there will be fewer bugs and the colors of the Industrial Ruins, bricks and concrete are more saturated and easier to photograph and see details of their age.