Breaking News Bar
posted: 4/29/2013 1:33 PM

Forest preserve's scenic overlook in Greene Valley opens May 4

hello
Success - Article sent! close
  • Permit holders may fly nonpowered model gliders and sailplanes at the Greene Valley Forest Preserve overlook.

      Permit holders may fly nonpowered model gliders and sailplanes at the Greene Valley Forest Preserve overlook.
    Courtesy of DuPage County Forest Preserve District

  • The scenic overlook in Greene Valley Forest Preserve in Naperville offers a view of the Chicago skyline.

      The scenic overlook in Greene Valley Forest Preserve in Naperville offers a view of the Chicago skyline.
    Courtesy of DuPage County Forest Preserve District

 
By Bonnie Olszewski
DuPage County Forest Preserve District

Visitors can see a soaring hawk, launch a model glider, and catch a glimpse of the Chicago skyline from the scenic overlook at Greene Valley Forest Preserve in Naperville.

The overlook atop a former landfill opens for the season on Saturday, May 4, and will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 27.

And after you've taken in the view, there are plenty of trails and other activities in the rest of the preserve to make a full day of it.

The overlook access drive is off Greene Road south of 79th Street. Visitors can drive to and park at the summit, which stands at 190 feet above the land surface, the highest public ground in the county. Due to Illinois Environmental Protection Agency maintenance and construction activities, the overlook may close during the season, however, without notice.

District staff members provide binoculars and a spotting scope to help visitors see far-off vistas and migrating birds. Model glider and sailplane enthusiasts with valid district permits can launch their nonpowered crafts from the top as well. Permits are available through Visitor Services by calling (630) 933-7248 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

For a more "down-to-earth" exploration, hikers and bikers can use the 1.9-mile Hawk Trail, which circles the hill's base.

The overlook rests on top of a closed landfill, which operated from 1974 until 1996. A gas-to-energy plant converts methane the landfill produces into enough energy to power thousands of area homes.

Revenues received from the landfill's former disposal operations and current gas-to-energy plant operation -- not tax dollars -- funded the construction of the recreational improvements and continue to fund the maintenance of the overlook.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County owns and manages 25,000 acres of prairies, woodlands and wetlands. To get district e-news in your inbox, sign up at dupageforest.org/e-newsletter. For general information, visit dupageforest.org or call (630) 933-7200.

Share

Interested in reusing this article?

Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.

The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.

Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Name * Company Telephone * E-mail *

Message (optional)

Success - Reprint request sent Click to close
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here