Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve, Darien

#2 of 13 in Outdoors in DuPage County
Must see · Waterfall · Biking Trail
Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve is a forest preserve in southern DuPage County, Illinois. It is known for its waterfall, which actually is a dam, which is in its ravine. It completely surrounds Argonne National Laboratory. It is also home to a popular model airplane field, located in the southwest section of the forest preserve. Hikers can also make the interior trip to St. Patrick Cemetery nestled deep in the preserve. The 2,492-acre Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve in Darien is an ecological parcel of open space within the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.

Waterfall Glen's prairies, savannas, and oak-maple woodlands contain 740 native plant species, 75 percent of all the plants known to grow naturally in DuPage County. There are over 300 species of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, and reptiles and another 300 of invertebrates use the forest preserve either year-round or during their migrations.
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  • Can take a few hiking areas but make sure you bring your water and a lot of it. Bring good walking shoes and binoculars many birds and a few snakes.  more »
  • Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve in Darien is an awesome place for recreation in nature. I have biked and hiked the beautiful trails here quite often. The trails are paved with fine crushed stone...  more »
  • Walked 5 miles. Beautiful paths. Well taken care of. Deer are around and some times come within 4 feet of a human. Great nature walks. And of course, the waterfall.
  • This was hands down one of the most beautiful forest preserves I've ever visited. There are so many different trails to take both paved and non. The waterfall itself is so peaceful and well put together. There are so many hidden areas to explore and lots of mosquitoes but it's worth it! Bring your OFF Deep Woods and enjoy!

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