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Singing Hills

Singing Hills serves as an important trail hub for the Millennium Trail, with car and horse trailer parking and a toilet.

Millennium Trail

This planned 35-mile regional trail connects neighboring communities and forest preserves as it winds its way through western and northern Lake County. The trail will eventually link to the northern section of the Des Plaines River Trail in Wadsworth.

Today, 26.75 miles are complete and open for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing. The trail surface alternates from gravel to paved along various completed sections of the trail.

Horseback riding is 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. From here, the trail surface changes from gravel to paved, and horses are not permitted on the paved section.

Open Trail Sections

Trail sections currently open include from the intersection of Hawley Street and Midlothian Road 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 Forest Preserve in Grayslake; and from Fourth Lake Forest Preserve in Lake Villa to McDonald Woods Forest Preserve in Lindenhurst.

Planned Trail Sections

Elsewhere, new trail sections and tunnels are being engineered and constructed, and lands are being purchased to complete the route for the trail.



Singing Hills Forest Preserve is located in Volo.

The entrance is off of Fish Lake Road, just north of Gilmer Road. [View on Google Maps]



We acquired the original 541-acre "Singing Hills Farm" parcel in September 1997, creating a new forest preserve on Fish Lake Road north of Gilmer Road in Volo.

The preserve name dates back to 1942 when Dan Nelson, Sr., purchased the property as a country retreat for his family. Nelson's son Cliff describes how his father named the site:

"There were so many birds on that land... a Great Blue Heron nest in the trees along the north edge of the farm... pheasants, grouse, songbirds of all kinds. The land was so musical that my father called his farm The Singing Hills."

According to Cliff, his late father's name choice may also have been influenced by an old cowboy song entitled "Singing Hills" from the days of Gene Autry. Cliff Nelson thought his father would have been delighted to know that the name might be retained for posterity. A barn on the property still reads "Singing Hills Farm."


The Natural Scene

Singing Hills includes 58 acres of natural oak woodlands and 171 acres of high-quality wetlands, with additional farm lands suitable for wildlife habitat restoration.

The preserve provides protection to Monahan Lake, a wetlands complex that is a documented nesting site for state-endangered sandhill cranes and other waterfowl.


Preserve News

ALERT: Trail Closures
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Board approves 100-year Vision and Strategic Plan

Preserve Improvements

Millennium Trail and Greenway Improvements