A Waterfall by Any Other Name:
Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve
Sorry for the delay in this post. Believe it or not, I was “felled” by a pair of socks. Yes, a pair of socks! While getting dressed this past Saturday, I went to pick out a pair of socks from a drawer and my lower back decided it would be a “fun” time to seize up. While I don’t suffer lower back pain very often, this time was a doozy and I’ve been slow to recover. Sitting has been the worst. Slow and steady wins the race.
We’re back to the woods for our trail tracing on October 21st – Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve in DuPage County. What a lovely place! Over 2,500 acres encompassing prairie, savannas and woodlands with a mix of flat, rolling and hilly terrain. Here, take a look.
A couple of historical points related to the preserve.
#1 – In the early 1900s, the Lincoln Park Commission, which morphed into what is now known as the Chicago Park District, owned about a 100 acres of land – the Lincoln Park Nursery – that was used for growing plants and for taking topsoil to use for filling in the shoreline along Lake Michigan in order to create Lincoln Park in Chicago.
The Lincoln Park Commission must have changed their name by 1921 since the carving over the entrance notes “LPS”.
#2 – While it would be logical to think that the forest preserve is named for a famous waterfall, the preserve is actually named to honor Seymour “Bud” Waterfall who was an early president of the DuPage Forest Preserve District’s Board of Commissioners.
There is, however, a small waterfall, which you can see at the beginning of the following video.
It’s a pretty place, wouldn’t you say?
About the video…Prior to our family trip to Moab, Utah, I purchased a 3-axis gimbal to use with a GoPro camera that I own. To be honest, I didn’t use it very much in Moab since I wanted to be more focused on the nature rather than a camera. Or, as was almost the case when I was filming…If you watch the Arches National Park video (here’s a link: Arches Video) – there’s a ledge that we walk along in order to get to the Delicate Arch. Well, my daughter pulled me back from taking a step off of that ledge because I was so focused on the filming! Thank you my dearest daughter!
Back to Waterfall Glen – In the week or so before visiting Waterfall Glen, I had stumbled on some research related to the health benefits of watching nature videos and even just looking at nature pictures. Hmm. What if I were to video our hikes and then upload them to YouTube for people to watch? The problem, from my point of view, was that I needed to figure out a way to mount/carry the gimbal and camera set-up so it wouldn’t get in the way of our hiking. That took a few weeks to figure out, but the YouTube channel was launched. I hate to admit it, but I have to be honest, the early videos were waaaaaaaaaay too long and exceptionally boring. So, I scrapped all of the videos and recently started uploading shorter and more focused videos.
Our hike at Waterfall Glen was one of our longer hikes so far; probably close to six miles. I will admit that we did some of our usual “fork-taking” which added to the length. The primary trail at Waterfall Glen is approximately 11 miles. And…The loop trail surrounds Argonne National Laboratory which is a science and engineering research center that was born out of the Manhattan Project.
The day we visited was somewhat warm, but the fall colors were really starting to pop!
And our hike ended on a lovely bluff looking out over Sawmill Creek.
We definitely recommend a visit to Waterfall Glen, but we will note, since it’s one of the larger and more popular forest preserves in DuPage County, try to visit early in the day on the weekend or plan a visit during the week.
find a trail ~ find your path