The planned 35 miles of the Millennium Trail will eventually connect communities and forest preserves in Lake County's central, western and northern sections. The first segment of the trail opened in 2002 at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda. As of early 2012, about 20 miles of trail are open hikers, cyclists and cross-country skiers. A 9.25-mile section from Lakewood north to Singing Hills Forest Preserve is open to equestrians.
Other open trail sections are:
*from Hawley St. and Route 176 in Mundelein west and north through Lakewood and Singing Hills to Marl Flat Forest Preserve in Volo
*along the Round Lake Bike Path
*from Hook Drive east through Rollins Savanna Forest Preserve in Grayslake
*from Bonner Heritage Farm to McDonald Woods Forest Preserve in Lindenhurst
*portions from Litchfield Drive to Fairfield Road in Round Lake, including a bridge over Squaw Creek and a boardwalk. (Park off Fairfield Road at the Round Lake Area Park District's Fairfield Park)
Segments of the Millennium Trail that are under construction include 2 miles between Rollins Road and Country Place in Lindenhurst, connecting Fourth Lake Forest Preserve with Bonner Heritage Farm and McDonald Woods Forest Preserve. An underpass at Grand Avenue is being built beginning July 2012, and the Fourth Lake section will be closed until it's completed (anticipated in summer 2013).
Visit the Lake County Forest Preserve
online for more trail details.
Access the trailhead at the Lakewood Winter Sports Area parking off Fairfield Road just south of Route 176 in Wauconda. Another trailhead (including horse trailer parking) is at Singing Hills Forest Preserve off Fish Lake Road just north of Gilmer Road near Volo.
Access the northern section of trail at Bonner Heritage Farm or McDonald Woods in Lindenhurst.
This is a ho-hum trail that I would say is more for the residents of the communities along it's route than for serious trail enthusiasts. If you haven't done it then I would say it's worth doing once, but you probably won't want to do it again.
I started at the northwest (Singing Hills) entry point, once I managed to find it. Gilmer Road does not intersect Rand Rd (US 12) as I expected. Instead, go east about 0.1 miles on Belvidere Rd (Rt 120), then southeast 1.3 miles on Gilmer to S Fish Lake ...
Lake county IL has has the same plan rolled out for it's bike trails...basically wide open and sunny. If you like this approach..it is for you. I personally think the county clearcuts too much. This ride sees lots of ho-hum suburban houses..until you ...