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ALL FACILITIES, RESTROOMS, PLAYGROUNDS AND DOG EXERCISE AREAS ARE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Preserves will remain open 6:30 am to sunset, but there will not be normal, regularly scheduled maintenance. Please pack it in, pack it out. Follow CDC guidelines for safe social distancing.

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Fort Hill Trail



Address

Trailhead parking is on west side of Gilmer Rd north of Route 176,
Wauconda, IL 60084

Hours

6:30 am–sunset, daily.

Maps

Trail Map

Activities

Biking
Hiking
Horseback Riding
Cross-Country Skiing

Amenities

Trails

Related Sites

Lakewood
Millennium Trail and Greenway
Ray Lake

Related Documents

Countywide Map and Guide

Before heading out, click the button below to check the current status (open/closed) of trails and underpasses.

Check Status of Trail

A 2-mile segment of the Fort Hill Trail is open for 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. Please keep dogs leashed and on trails at all times, and pick up after them. Learn about our off-leash Dog Parks (permit required).

A trail tunnel at Gilmer Road offers trail users a safe connection between Lakewood and Ray Lake forest preserves.

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.

History

Fort Hill, for which this trail is named, is a high knoll and historic landmark overlooking Peterson Road in Mundelein.

Location

This regional trail in southwest Lake County connects Lakewood and Ray Lake forest preserves. Trailhead parking is located on the west side of Gilmer Road just north of Route 176.