Let's hike Waterfall Glen. This will be a 9.5 mile hike. We will try to make it in 3 hours. Please dress accordingly. Don't forget to bring water and snacks for the hike.
We will be leaving at 10:15 am sharp. Please be on time.
Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve – with its glacier-formed ridges, ravines and potholes -- may be the most astonishing parcel of open space in DuPage County, if not northern Illinois. The preserve is exceptional, because it contains features not found anywhere else in the county: The largest contiguous woodland block – over 700 acres -- and a dolomite prairie, with rock very close to the surface and shallow soil, home to rare plants for the region.
Waterfall Glen’s many habitats -- prairies, savannas, oak-maple woodlands and planted pine groves – and distinctive features make it a haven for a wide variety of plants and animals. Surveys by District ecologists have recorded more than 600 native plant species at the preserve, which includes 75 per cent of all the plants known to grow naturally in DuPage County. In addition, countless fish, amphibian, reptilian, and mammalian species can be found in the preserve, as well as more than 160 avian species, some year-round and some migrating.
Waterfall Glen's four marked trails range from 0.2 miles to 9.5 miles in length and meander through some of the preserves most scenic areas. The main trail is an eight-foot-wide crushed-limestone multipurpose trail. In addition, there are many unmarked mowed-grass trails and footpaths that dissect the preserve. Feel free to hike and explore these smaller, less-conspicuous paths, but remember that they often are not linked to the main trail nor are they shown on the preserve map.
• Flat to hilly terrain, some steep sections
• Unmarked paths to explore on foot
• Prairies, savannas, oak-maple woodlands, scenic overlooks — home to 75 percent of plant species in DuPage
• South leg of Main Trail — remnants of early-1900s Lincoln Park Nursery (Lincoln Park Commission being the predecessor of the Chicago Park District)
• Small Civilian Conservation Corps-built waterfall in Rocky Glen Area
• Joliet and Marquette Des Plaines River canoe route.
The main entrance is on Northgate Road. From I-55, take Cass Avenue 0.5 mile south to Northgate Road. Turn right on Northgate, and go 400 feet to the lot.
I hope to see you there -