Scenic View at Greene Valley Forest Preserve, Naperville

Why Greene Valley?
Only 2 words – Scenic Overlook! The views from the highest publicly accessible point in the Dupage County are simply imperial. You can even catch a glimpse of the Chicago skyline or one of the several model glider planes being launched from the hill. You can park all the way to the top of the hill, so no hike is needed to catch the views.

How to Plan your visit?

• Hop in a car and set your GPS to the parking lot here.

• Pack the emergency hiking back-pack – I keep some water, packed food, sun-screen, bug-repellent, first-aid, analgesic, water-proof pouch for cellphone (a must have since I bricked my Pixel 2 in Everglades in this trip), sanitizer, soft tissues, towel and an extra battery juice pack.

• Check this forest preserve website and plan your activities. You have options for the scenic overlook, an assortment of hikes and picnicking. You can even reserve some of the picnic shelters here if you have a large group.

greene-valley-trail-mapTrail Map (courtesy Dupageforest.org)

Tip: Please note that scenic overlook is only open from May – October on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Scenic Overlook

After deploying the car at the parking lot conveniently nestled at the top of the hillside, we meandered to the scenic spots.

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And the spots did not disappoint. You could see miles ahead in any direction, literally.

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We strolled to the other neighboring scenic spot afterwords.

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And had some choices to make in the process…

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The views from this side were equally far-reaching.

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After some reposeful moments at the corner of the hill concurring with the adage that the best things in life are free, we headed back to the mundane routine of life.

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We were short of time to try out the hikes but based on the online reviews, would recommend ‘White Oak’ trail.

That’s it!

Interested in other Picnicking options around Naperville? Please check other hiking locations here.


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