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Just one of a huge tangle of trails covering the 2,492 acres of Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve set in Darien, an easy half hour cruise southwest of downtown Chicago.. Wrapped around the Argonne National Laboratory, the main trail is wide, flat and easy to proverbially (and literally for that matter – signage is haphazard!) get lost in for as long as you feel like it.
Created in the wake of the Wisconsin Glacier, this is real back to nature stuff. Overhead, Oak Maple’s canopies of green create spectacular light effects, filtering rays to the moss-covered forest floor. The terrain is crisscrossed with streams, 740 native plant species and more than 600 animal species from birds to mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and more. You’ll be sharing your hike with bikers, horseback riders and in the winter, cross-country skiers – but that sure beats the cars and trucks only minutes away in Chicago.