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MCCD hosts candlelight cross-country skiing

Published: Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

CARY – Discover the beauty of cross-country skiing on trails lit only by candlelight.

The McHenry County Conservation District will host a Cross Country Candlelight Ski from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at The Hollows Conservation Area, 3800 Route 14, Cary.

Participants should bring their own skis and test their skills along the 1-mile looped trail.

Skiers of every level and age are invited. Drop in anytime for this free program, get some exercise and then enjoy hot chocolate around the campfire afterward. No pets are allowed.

Those who enjoy night skiing and hiking can do so every night from now until March 10 until 9 p.m. on solar-lit trails at Pleasant Valley Conservation Area in Woodstock, (half-mile loop through prairie) and at Hickory Grove Highlands in Cary (a 1-mile looped trail through the wooded savanna). After March 10, with the daylight savings time change, sites close at dusk.

For information, call 815-338-6223 or visit

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