Waterfall Glen Trail

Chicago, Illinois

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While following this winding trail through the diverse and sometimes rugged landscape at Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve, you’ll encounter dense stands of oak and pine, a generous number of ponds and cattail marshes, a prairie, and a small waterfall. Just past the halfway point is an overlook of the Des Plaines River valley and the nearby community of Lemont. Waterfall Glen surrounds Argonne National Laboratory, one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest research facilities. Operated by the University of Chicago, Argonne and its previous incarnations have been involved in high-level national research, including the Manhattan Project. In more recent years, much of the research has been focusing on extremely bright X-ray beams.

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"While following this winding trail through the diverse and sometimes rugged landscape at Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve, you’ll encounter dense stands of oak and pine, a generous number of ponds and cattail marshes, a prairie, and a small waterfall. Just past the halfway point is an overlook of the Des Plaines River valley and the nearby community of Lemont.

Waterfall Glen surrounds Argonne National Laboratory, one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest research facilities. Operated by the University of Chicago, Argonne and its previous incarnations have been involved in high-level national research, including the Manhattan Project. In more recent years, much of the research has been focusing on extremely bright X-ray beams."

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Chicago
Distance: 9.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Riding Time: 1 hour
Local Contacts: Waterfall Glen County Forest Preserve
Local Maps: USGS 7.5” Sag Bridge quad, USGS 7.5” Romeoville quad DeLorme: Illinois Atlas and Gazetteer: Page 28 Waterfall Glen trail maps are available at the information board in the parking area and on the DuPage County Forest Preserve District website: www .dupageforest .com/preserve.aspx?id=4224.
Driving Directions: Directions to Waterfall Glen Trail

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May 2018