The Millennium Trail is a planned 35-mile route through Chicago’s northern suburbs that will connect communities and forest preserves in northwestern Lake County. Currently, 28.5 miles of this regional trail network are complete and open for walkers, bicyclists, and cross-country skiers.
The northernmost point of the Millennium Trail is Forest View Park in Lindenhurst. From there, the trail heads south, traveling through the gently rolling hills of McDonald Woods Forest Preserve and into Bonner Heritage Farm, first settled by Scottish immigrants in 1848. The farm is especially popular with children, providing educational programing with barnyard animals, field crops, and gardens. The route continues through Fourth Lake Forest Preserve, with beautiful views of lakes, ponds, and wetlands. This trail segment finishes at Lake County Road 31/ A20.
South of the county road, the trail picks up again, now traveling roughly east-west through the Rollins Savana Forest Preserve, where you’ll enjoy views of wild prairie mixed with shaded patches through tree groves. This segment ends at a busy shopping and dining area near the intersection of N. Baron Boulevard and E. Rollins Road.
West of N. Baron Boulevard and across an active railroad line, a new trail section begins in Gateway Park. After exiting the park, the trail continues southwest, paralleling E. Hawthorne Drive, making its way through the community of Round Lake Beach.
Another trail segment begins in Fairfield Park, known for its disk golf course, and continues just over two miles through the village of Round Lake to end at Litchfield Drive.
Farther south, the largest segment of the Millennium Trail begins at the southeast corner of Marl Flat Forest Preserve with its wildlife-rich wetlands, and winds south and then east through the villages of Volo, Wauconda, and Mundelein. Along the way, the trail runs through Lakewood Forest Preserve, the county’s largest preserve, which offers many recreational opportunities including: a 9-mile equestrian path, picnic areas, fishing, and an exercise area for dogs. In the winter, visitors can also enjoy a sledding hill and an ice skating pond.
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.