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New Solar Lights to Allow Evening Hiking at Preserves in Libertyville, Wauconda

Select trails will be open for extended hours starting Nov. 4.

With small solar lights to guide their way, hikers, skiers and snowshoers can get some brisk evening exercise along the 1.3-mile fitness trail at Old School Forest Preserve in Libertyville, and along a 1.65-mile hilly, scenic section of the Millennium Trail adjacent to the Winter Sports Area at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda.

Though regular preserve hours are 6:30 a.m. to sunset, starting Sunday, Nov. 4, the illuminated trails and adjacent parking lots will remain open after sunset until 9 p.m., daily through Saturday, March 9, 2013. Bicycle and equestrian traffic is not permitted on the lighted trails after sunset. Dogs are allowed but must be leashed. 

To access the lighted trails, park at Lakewood's Winter Sports Area located on the east side of Fairfield Road just south of Route 176, or at Old School's main entrance lot located on the east side of St. Mary's Road just south of Route 176. Lake County Forest Preserve Rangers regularly patrol the areas.

—The Lake County Forest Preserve District submitted this information.

Mike Basler November 02, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Great idea. I hope this goes well and maybe something can be added to other trails for those early morning runs! In Libertyville, this trail offers a nice workout circuit.
Michael Steber November 02, 2012 at 05:00 PM
This is a great addition to some already beautiful and well maintained parks. I imagine they will get a lot of use.

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