Forest Glen Preserve

Forest Glen Preserve sign
20301 E 900 North Road
Westville, IL 61883

Forest Glen Park Map

Forest Glen Google Map

Willow Creek Trail Guide

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  – 217-662-2142

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

River Ridge Backpack Trail FAQ

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 River Ridge 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

Forest Glen observation tower


Daylight Savings Time – Mother’s Day: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Mother’s Day – Standard Time: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm

Standard Time – 1st Monday in December: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

1st Monday in December – Daylight Savings Time: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

There is NO entrance fee to the park.

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