What do you do when you want to get away from your busy, hectic city life? One of the best ways to relax is by heading outdoors. You don’t have to travel very far either to find some beautiful views near your apartment. One of the best-hidden gems of Illinois is the Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve located in Darien, Illinois.
A 30-45 minute drive will take you to this nature hotspot. You won’t be disappointed. With over 9 miles of hiking trails, you won’t get bored exploring all that this preserve has to offer. Seriously, we’re talking about a hike through 2,492 acres of prairies, savannas, and shaded woodland areas.
Make sure that you bring your camera because just off the main path is the gentle waterfall and the perfect picnic spot. For the more adventurous, the Glen Forest Preserve also features narrow, unmarked pathways that are secluded and off the main path.