Hike the Waterfall Glen Loop

Illinois Waterfall Glen Trailhead

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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

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  • Insect repellent
  • Hiking boots
  • Water
  • Sun protection
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Activities:

Fitness, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Running

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Loop

Distance:

9.4 Miles

Elev. Gain:

387 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Dog Friendly

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about 2 months ago

Great Options

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.

about 2 months ago

3 months ago

Pure Nature

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.

3 months ago

7 months ago

Great little escape close to home.

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.

7 months ago

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