Our last adventure of the summer was a visit to the Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve in Darien (#49 on the list of 50 Ideas for Summer Fun) on Friday, August 31st. We ended up getting to 24 of the 50 places mentioned on the list. We hit a few more places that were not on the list. So, it was a busy and enjoyable summer.
Though our stop at the Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve was brief, we enjoyed our time there. We pulled into the circular drive and found a parking spot. Once we got out of the car we headed to the map, displayed nicely on a large billboard. It was not even up for discussion as to where we were going to go. We headed right to the Rocky Glen Waterfall.
The walk to the waterfall was scenic. Though the waterfall is actually a dam and not an actual waterfall at all. The trail was nicely paved with limestone (some are turf covered), that ended up feeling rather soft under your feet. The trails were also nicely labeled. There was no guessing as to where you were.
Before we even got to the waterfall, I had to stop and take some pictures. I just couldn’t resist the tall trees and the cool rock formations.
With 11 miles of trails, we lucked out and did not have to walk long to get to the waterfall. Once we arrived at the falls, the kids wanted to jump in. Well, maybe not jump, but at least walk in. I had to remind them that our visit was short and we had no towels or change of clothes. The frowns on their faces said it all.
They were able to walk around the large rocks and of course pose for some pictures for me. There was a request to take the shoes off, but that was followed with a very quick, “No!”
I grabbed one more picture of the kids near the waterfall, before we headed back to the car. Right before I took the picture, numerous kids arrived with their moms. These kids were ready for their day at the waterfall. They had their bathing suits on, kicked off the shoes and grabbed their nets before getting into the water. We will have to plan accordingly, when we visit again.
The walk back to the car included a conversation on how we will have to really take advantage of the amazing trails and the other “must see” locations within the preserve, when we return.