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Lighted Trails for the Season

Lit up snow trail.

Photo courtesy of Nat Carmichael

Hikers, skiers and snowshoers can take an evening excursion on solar-lit trails in the forest preserves 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. Park at the Lakewood Winter Sports Area on the east side of Fairfield Road south of Route 176 or at the Old School main entrance lot on the east side of St. Mary's Road south of Route 176. Angelo Kyle, president of the Lake County Forest Preserves, says, “Walking the trails after the sun goes down is a nice way to gain a different perspective of the forest preserves.”
Regular preserve hours are 6:30 a.m. to sunset, but the illuminated trails and adjacent parking lots will remain open until 9 p.m. daily through March 12, 2023. The solar lights serve as a guide along the trails, but it is recommended to bring a flashlight or headlamp for additional illumination. Bicycles and horses are not permitted on the solar-lit trails after sunset. Dogs are allowed, but must be leashed. Rangers regularly patrol the areas.