Darien, Illinois

Hike the Waterfall Glen Loop

9.4 Miles Total - 387 ft gain - Loop Trail

Originally added by The Outbound Collective

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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Fitness
Mountain Biking
Running
Hiking
Dog Friendly

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Waterfalls

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.

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.

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.

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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