Solar-lighted trails remain open on a trial basis through March 30.
With small solar lights to guide their way, hikers, skiers and snowshoers can take advantage of this year's snow and cold temperatures to enjoy some brisk evening exercise along the 1.3-mile fitness trail at Old School Forest Preserve in Libertyville, and along a 1.65-mile hilly section of the Millennium Trail adjacent to the Winter Sports Area at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda.
Though regular preserve hours are 6:30 am to sunset, the illuminated trails and adjacent parking lots will remain open after sunset until 9 pm, daily, through Saturday, March 30. Bicycle and equestrian traffic is not permitted on the lighted trails after sunset. Dogs are allowed but must be leashed.
To access the lighted trails, park at Lakewood's Winter Sports Area located on the east side of Fairfield Road just south of Route 176, or at Old School's main entrance lot located on the east side of St. Mary's Road just south of Route 176. Lake County Forest Preserve Rangers regularly patrol the areas.
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and watch for special program announcements. We make the best of the weather with impromptu programs such as snowshoe hikes or moonlight skiing. While you're out in the forest preserves, capture the beauty of the season in photos and post them to our Flickr pool for others to view.