• Activities:

    Mountain Biking, Running, Hiking, Fitness

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    9.4 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    387 Feet

Dog Friendly

Less than an hour from Chicago, Waterfall Glen offers a number of routes for trail running, mountain biking, and hiking.

It is easy to modify your route, with lots of side trails to choose from. A waterfall and scenic views make for a pleasant spot to exercise.

Photo Credit: Andrew Hill, kallol (jay), and darius norvilas

Pack List

  • Insect repellent
  • Hiking boots
  • Water
  • Sun protection
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If you’re heading there for the waterfall and it’s warm enough, make sure to wear shorts or something you won’t mind getting wet so you can go for a wade! A lot of teens in the area bike through the trails for a picnic and a climb around the rocks where the main waterfall ends.

5 months ago
5 months ago

One of the best things about Waterfall Glen is the variety of things you can do. The main trail is great for hiking, trail running, or biking. There are plenty of side-trails to explore. If you want to make a day of it, bring a lunch and picnic at the Waterfall.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Arriving for a day trip to waterfall glen couldn't be any easier. Parking is a breeze in multiple parking lots and small roadside lots. Along with hiking running and biking paths waterfall glen offers a series of intricate backwoods hiking in forest and near the river or creek. Some parts can be much more difficult to maneuver but alternative routs are available. Waterfall glen is true nature in its vast diverse landscape you will seldom find yourself coming across other visitors. I highly recommend this trip to anyone family, thrill seekers, first timers and those just interested in a peaceful nature walk.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

This little gem is close to home for us and has lots of trails. There are paved paths and lots of small single tracks off into the woods. You can follow the river or bike trails. I am not sure who listed this as intermediate but I would say its more on the easy side. Just watch out for mud if you decide to go off trail during the rainy seasons.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

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