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 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 and type of event.
Policies on Use of Rental Buildings & Grounds
For reservations call: 217-662-2142
River Ridge Back Pack Trail Rules – 217-662-2142
River Ridge Back Pack Trail Registration Form – Please submit at least one week in advance
Due to the increased popularity of River Ridge Back Pack Trail, effective 1/1/2022 we will begin charging a $5.00 per person fee when you hike the River Ridge Back
Pack Trail to help offset trail maintenance costs. NO Refunds.
If you are DAY HIKING ONLY – NO CAMPING please pay the $5.00 per person fee and complete the required information with your payment through PayPal. No confirmation for DAY HIKING ONLY – NO CAMPING is required. Once your fee is paid you may hike.
If you are HIKING & CAMPING please complete the required registration form and return it at least one week prior to hiking & camping. You will receive a confirmation of your dates. Once confirmation is received you may pay the required fees for HIKING & CAMPING through PayPal. HIKING & CAMPING fees are per night. If you are camping for 2 nights please change the quantity to 2.
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.