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Winter Walking Trails Illuminated

A sign with arrows pointing to one mile loop on a snowy trail

Photo courtesy of Nat Carmichael

Guided by small, solar-powered lights, hikers, skiers and snowshoers can enjoy evenings along the 1.3-mile fitness trail at Old School Forest Preserve in Libertyville and a 1.65-mile hilly section of the Millennium Trail adjacent to the Winter Sports Area at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda.

Regular preserve hours are 6:30 a.m. to sunset, but illuminated trails and adjacent parking lots will remain open after sunset until 9 p.m. daily through March 13, 2022. Bicycles and horses are not permitted after sunset. Dogs must be leashed. Lake County Forest Preserve Rangers regularly patrol the areas.

To access the lighted trails, park at Lakewood’s Winter Sports Area on the east side of Fairfield Road just south of Route 176, or at Old School’s main entrance lot on the east side of St. Mary’s Road just south of Route 176.