General Information


Recreational Opportunities

Conservation Education

Forestry Research

Historic Areas


Prairies/Native Plants



Maple Syrup

Shiitake Mushrooms

Herb Garden

National Scenic River

Illinois Nature Preserves


Fees/Rental Information


Forest Glen Preserve

20301 E 900 North Rd.
Westville, IL 61883
Telephone: 217-662-2142
Fax: 217-662-2146

Directions to Forest Glen Preserve

Forest Glen Map

Gannett Outdoor Education Center Gannett Outdoor Education Center

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 bSavanna Restoration Project Signotanically 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.

Black Walnut Trees in Research Area Black Walnut in Tree Research Area

Forest Glen General Information

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

  • Edgewood Center (enclosed building)
  • Maple Grove Lodge (enclosed building)
  • Audubon Barn (enclosed building)
  • Meadowlark Shelter (open shelter)
  • Pine Knoll Shelter (open shelter)

    Fees are determined by group number. For reservations call: 217-662-2142

    Back Pack Trail Information and Rules
    Back Pack Trail REQUIRED Registration Form -
        Please submit at least one week in advance
    Back Pack 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


    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. A current fee schedule and other general information may be received by calling 217-662-2142.

    VCCD Library - Located at Staff Office Building at Forest Glen

    • Subject matter includes natural history, wildlife, forestry, birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles and much more

    • Contains over 1,000 volumes

    • HOURS - Monday-Friday; 8 am - 4:30 pm or by appointment

    • Books are loaned out for 2 weeks.   Must be a resident of Vermilion County and present a valid driver's license.   Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    • Example of available titles

covered pedestrian bridge under construction        Pedestrian covered bridge complete

A 105 foot long pedestrian covered bridge was
completed in 2002 thanks to the generosity of
the Julius W. Hegeler II Foundation.

Visitors flock to Forest Glen each spring
in search of the elusive morel mushroom

Vermilion River

The Vermilion River forms the eastern          
boundary of Forest Glen Preserve.