WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Conservation District has two sites open late for hiking or cross-country skiing when the conditions are right.
Through March 10, residents can hike or ski until 9 p.m. every evening on the Solar Lit Trails at Pleasant Valley, Woodstock (half-mile beginner loop), or Hickory Grove Highlands, Cary (one-mile intermediate loop).
The Pleasant Valley Trail (closed Sunday to Nov. 20) 13315 Pleasant Valley Road in Woodstock, is a half-mile trail on the east side of the entrance drive and traverses relatively flat terrain. Visitors should park in the first parking area and sign in.
The trail at Hickory Grove Highlands, 500 Hickory Nut Grove Lane in Cary, is a longer, 1.25-mile loop through a restored savanna, offering a longer scenic route with some hills and turns, suitable for intermediate skiers. Visitors should sign in at the trail head.
To view the current schedule of winter events and programs or to find the location for an activity, visit www.mccdistrict.org
– Northwest Herald