Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve Loop

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Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve Loop is a 1.1 mile loop trail located near South Elgin, Illinois that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, birding, and fishing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
36 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

forest

rails trails

river

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

snow

historic site

This interesting forest preserve complex, located at a crook in the river, is many things to many different people. The focus of activities is directed to this beautiful stretch of river and valley and includes woodland, picnicking, fishing, bird watching, lounging along the shore and skipping rocks in the river with stones from the old gravel pit hills. Indeed, with the trail bridge crossing the river, this is a major trail hub and stopping point. There are little wisps here and there of original prairie remnants and exposed rock ledges and outcroppings. There's an old Indian War soldier's grave site marked by a boulder hidden in a small grove of trees, but most exciting is the little known and as yet unexploited 8 foot high natural waterfall; it cascades and pools in the clear rippling creek. The waterfall is found by riding south on the Riverbend Trail.