Trail Improvements & Construction Alerts
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The first section of the planned 35-mile Millennium Trail to connect central, western and northern Lake County communities and forest preserves opened in fall 2002 at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda.
Today, more than 25 miles are complete and open to hikers, bicyclists and cross-country skiers. Horses are permitted only along a 9.25-mile section of gravel trail from Lakewood north to the horse trailer parking area at Singing Hills Forest Preserve in Volo. The trail surface changes from gravel to paved starting north of the Singing Hills horse trailer parking area. Horses are not permitted on the paved section.
Open Trail Sections
Trail sections currently open include from Hawley and Route 176 in Mundelein west and north through Lakewood and Singing Hills; north to Marl Flat Forest Preserve and from Litchfield Drive to Fairfield Road in Round Lake; along the Round Lake Bike Path; from Hook Drive east through Rollins Savanna in Grayslake; and from Fourth Lake Forest Preserve in Lake Villa to McDonald Woods Forest Preserve in Lindenhurst.
Planned Trail Route
Elsewhere, new trail sections and tunnels are being constructed, and lands are being purchased to complete the route for the trail as it winds its way through western and northern Lake County. The trail connects neighboring communities and forest preserves along the way, and will eventually link to the northern section of the Des Plaines River Trail (DPRT) in Wadsworth.
North Shore Bike Path
You can use the North Shore Bike Path to connect to the Millennium Trail and DPRT. From Gilmer Road going east, the Millennium Trail links to the roughly 11-mile North Shore Bike Path along the edge of Hawley Street. From here, it winds east through the streets of Mundelein and follows an old railroad bed through Libertyville where it connects to the DPRT. It continues east through Lake Bluff where it meets the 20-mile McClory Trail at Sheridan Road. The North Shore Bike Path and the McClory Trail are managed by the Lake County Department of Transportation and are open to hikers, bicyclists and cross-country skiers.
Fort Hill Trail
A 2-mile stretch of the Fort Hill Trail connects the Ray Lake, Lakewood and Millennium Trail systems. A trailhead parking area and trail tunnel at Gilmer Road offers Fort Hill Trail users a safe connection between Lakewood and Ray Lake. Preserve trails at Ray Lake are open to equestrians.