The Fort Hill Trail and Lakewood are benefitting from a major Lake County Division of Transportation road widening project at the intersection of Fairfield Road and Route 176 in Wauconda. Work will extend into 2014. View project updates.
During construction, access to Lakewood, the Lake County Discovery Museum, the Dog Exercise Area and all adjacent trails will remain open though minor interruptions may occur. Be alert to signage that may direct to alternative preserve entrances. View project map.
A 2-mile segment of the Fort Hill Trail is open to hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and horseback riding. Access the trail from the west side of Gilmer Road just north of Route 176 at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda.
A trail tunnel at Gilmer Road offers trail users a safe connection between Lakewood and Ray Lake Forest Preserve. Trails at Ray Lake are also open to equestrians.
Planned Trail Route
This first segment of trail represents the beginning of a planned regional trail that will connect Lakewood and Ray Lake, the Millennium Trail, Fremont School, Mundelein High School, the Lake County Fairgrounds, Saddlebrook Farms and Prairie Crossing developments, and the Metra station at Prairie Crossing before joining other regional and local trail systems.
Over the next several years, the Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) will be completing additional sections of the Fort Hill Trail along Peterson Road and Fremont Center Road where it will join LCDOT's Prairie Crossing Trail at Midlothian Road and Peterson Road.