Get some great exercise while enjoying the outdoors! You can ski on most forest preserve trails, and rangers groom over 80 miles as the weather allows. Classic skiers should use the edge of the trails; freestyle skiers should stay in the center. (And remember, if you’re not a classic cross-country skier, please use the center of snowy trails and avoid stepping on set tracks.)
If there’s plenty of snow you can “gee” and “haw” on the Regional, Bobolink and connector trails through the McKee Marsh area north of Mack Road at Blackwell and the Thunderbird Spur Trail, which begins at the parking lot on Thunderbird Road, at Greene Valley. During the rest of the year, you can use wheeled carts under 4 feet wide on any trails that allow biking.For the safety of other visitors and to protect the forest preserves’ natural areas, remain on the trails and travel in a controlled, safe manner.
Anglers can drop a line through the ice on most forest preserve waters. Rangers do not monitor ice conditions, though, so you go on the ice at your own risk. As a guideline not a guarantee, a minimum of 4 inches of ice is recommended for any activity.Click here to read or our latest fishing guide, which includes regulations, ice-fishing tips and maps of our 30 most-popular lakes.
You can sled and skate at most forest preserves, but rangers do not monitor conditions, so you do so at your own risk. As a guideline not a guarantee, a minimum of 4 inches of ice is recommended for any ice activity.Sledding is always prohibited at Mount Hoy at Blackwell Forest Preserve, the closed landfill sites at Greene Valley and Mallard Lake, and any slopes at Spring Creek Reservoir.
Are you a thrill seeker? Then you’ll have a blast taking an exciting 800-foot ride down Mount Hoy at Blackwell!2016 – 2017 DatesMount Hoy opens on the dates below only if there’s plenty of snow on the hill, usually 3 or more inches.Saturdays and Sundays Dec. 3 – Feb. 26 (except Dec. 25)Plus daily Dec. 19 – Jan. 3, Jan. 16 and Feb. 209 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Rentals end at 3:30 p.m.)FeesOnly District tubes are allowed.Rubber inner tube $5 per dayTube with nylon cover $7 per day
Snowshoeing is one of the oldest ways to trek through the snow, and if you don’t have a pair you can rent one from us. (Just remember to use the center of the trail and avoid stepping on set ski tracks.)2016 – 2017 DatesBlackwellMount HoyWhen the hill is open (see Snow Tubing at the top of this page), snowshoe rentals are available until 2 p.m.West Sector Office on Mack RoadMonday – Friday Dec. 5 – Feb. 24 (on days Mount Hoy isn’t open)8 a.m. – 2 p.m.Call (630) 876-5931 for availability.Fullersburg Woods Nature Education CenterDaily Dec. 3 – Feb. 26 (except Dec. 25)10 a.m. – 2 p.m.Call (630) 850-8110 for availability.Fees$8 for two hours or $13 per day
Take in the scenery while enjoying your favorite trail activities.Click here to read our latest trails guide, which has trail tips and maps of our 24 most-popular preserves.