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Activities at your forest preserves


Cross-Country Skiing

Outdoor recreation fun in your forest preserves doesn't end when winter arrives. Nearly 130 miles of challenging and fun cross-country skiing trails await beginners and skilled enthusiasts.

Cross-country skiing is allowed along any forest preserve hiking trail as soon as there is snow, except at Ryerson Conservation Area, where a 4-inch snow base is required in order to protect sensitive habitat at that Illinois Dedicated Nature Preserve site. Cross-country skiing is also permitted on dedicated equestrian trails at Lakewood and Raven Glen forest preserves.

Groomed trails are available when conditions allow at the Winter Sports Area at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda and at Old School Forest Preserve in Libertyville. Grooming is typically done two days after a large snow.

Check here for current winter sports conditions or call our hotline at 847-968-3235.


Guide Information

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Rules and Regulations

All activities on District property are subject to the Lake County Forest Preserve Rules and Regulations.

Cross country skiiers at Lakewood (c) Chip WIlliams

Cross-Country Skiing Locations

Buffalo Creek
Captain Daniel Wright Woods
Captain Daniel Wright Woods Canoe Launch (Route 60)
Cuba Marsh
Des Plaines River Trail and Greenway
Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area
Fort Hill Trail
Fort Sheridan
Fourth Lake
Fox River
Grant Woods
Grassy Lake
Half Day
Hastings Lake
Heron Creek
Independence Grove
Independence Grove Canoe Launch
Lake Carina
Lyons Woods
Marl Flat
McDonald Woods
Middlefork Savanna
Millennium Trail and Greenway
Oak Spring Road Canoe Launch
Old School
Prairie Wolf
Raven Glen
Ray Lake
Rollins Savanna
Sedge Meadow
Sedge Meadow Canoe Launch (Wadsworth Road)
Singing Hills
Sun Lake
Van Patten Woods
Van Patten Woods Canoe Launch (Russell Road)