Waterfall Glen Trail

Chicago, Illinois 60805

Waterfall Glen Trail

Waterfall Glen Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Best Hikes Near Chicago (Falcon Guides)
Adam Morgan
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"The Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve is a thick green ring around the federal Argonne National Laboratory, the largest research facility in the Midwest and once a key part of the covert Manhattan Project during World War II, which was devoted to creating the atomic bomb. If you aren’t up for the entire 9.6-mile Main Trail, use this description as a guide to which stretches you might find the most interesting: In short, the northern half is mostly a shady hardwood forest pocked with swamps and marshes, while the southern half is covered with vast savannas and prairies, along with a model airplane field, a scenic overlook, and the Sawmill Creek waterfall that lends the area its name." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles-Chicago-4th Edition (Menasha Ridge Press)
Ted Villaire
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"This diverse and sometimes rugged landscape includes dense woods of oak and pine, a generous number of ponds and cattail marshes, a prairie, a small waterfall, and an overlook of the Des Plaines River. Dogs must be on leash no longer than 10 feet. Watch for cyclists, runners, and plenty of other people hiking during warmer weather at busy times of the week." Read more

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5/2/2010
Trail is a great place for a family ride or a person who wants an easy overall trail. Not meant for advanced riders who want an adventure.
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1/28/2007
For suburban Chicago, this is one of the best trails. While I enjoy very much the rail-to-trails that thread through the Chicago suburbs, this place has a greater vriety of landforms, trees and wildlife. You definitely need a map to enjoy some of its hidden corners, though you can certainly navigate yourself around the big loop. There are spots though, you should see - the Waterfall certainly but also Signal Hill and the Artesian well.
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Trail Information

Chicago
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
9.3
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Waterfalls
Features
Waterfall Glen County Forest Preserve
Local Contacts
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
Local Maps

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Dec 2018