Waterfall Glen - Darien


The 2,492-acre Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve* in Darien is one of the most ecologically impressive parcels of open space in the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, if not northern Illinois.

It is one of the District’s most popular forest preserves, known for its Rocky Glen waterfall, Sawmill Creek bluff overlook, and extensive trails.

Waterfall Glen offers gently rolling to hilly terrain with 11 miles of trails popular with hikers, bicyclists, horseback riders and cross-country skiers. It also offers fishing and an orienteering course, model airplane field and youth group campground.

*Due to the popularity of this site and over-crowding during the pandemic from increased visitation, DuPage residents and the Forest Preserve District respectfully ask that you keep this on your list for future travel inspiration. With 60 forest preserves in DuPage County, there are many hidden gems for exploration. Visit for more information. Please be respectful of our natural resources and everyone who wants to appreciate their respite and beauty: pick up pet waste, do not leave trash, and be mindful of trail etiquette.

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