Forest Glen Preserve

Forest Glen Preserve sign
Forest Glen Park Map

Forest Glen Google Map

Founded in 1968, Forest Glen Preserve is 1800 acres in size. It is located seven miles east of Westville on County Highway 5. It is rated number three botanically in Illinois and consists of beech-maple and oak-hickory forest types. There are four registered Illinois Nature Preserves within the park (Duffin Woods, 200 acres; Forest Glen Seep, 11 acres; Howard’s Hollow Seep, 30 acres), and Doris L. Westfall Prairie (40 acres). There is also a twenty-two acre savanna restoration area.

Forest Glen General Information

Rental buildings for family reunions and picnics are available. Reservations for current calendar year begin with the first workdayForest Glen Covered Bridge after January 1st. The rental buildings include:

River Ridge Backpack Trail Rules
River Ridge Backpack Trail Registration Form
Please submit at least one week in advance
River Ridge Backpack Trail map

Due to the increased popularity of River Ridge Back Pack Trail, we are now charging a fee, based on the number of people in your group, when you hike the RiverRidge Back
Pack Trail to help offset trail maintenance costs. NO Refunds.

$10.00 – groups of less than 10 people
$1.00 each – groups of 10 or more people

You may pay through paypal or send a check in with your trail registration form.

River Ridge Back Pack Trail Registration

Monarch Butterfly at Butterfly Garden at Forest Glen


Memorial Day to Labor Day: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Labor Day to Standard Time: 8 a.m.10 p.m.

Fall Daylight Savings Time to early December: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Winter Hours: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

First of March to Spring Daylight Savings Time: 8 a.m.6 p.m.

There is NO entrance fee to the park.

Modern campgrounds are available. See Recreational Opportunities for more information.