Scenic Overlook and Hiking 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.

Overdose of 360-degree panoramic views

How to Plan your visit?

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

• Run through the emergency checklist.

• 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

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


Scenic Overlook

The ascend to the top of the overlook is unpaved.


After deploying the car at the parking lot conveniently nestled at the top of the hillside, we were astonished the see the 360-degree views.

Cars are parked right at the top, minimal walk needed

You could see miles ahead in any direction, literally.


and here’s the surprise –

Not every day you get to gaze at the Chicago skyline from the burbs

We took a little stroll to reach the other end of the hill.


And had some choices to make in the process…


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.


Be careful, the overlook gates close at 6 PM, literally!

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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