Winter Activities

Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are some of the exhilarating ways to experience a special season in DuPage County.

Cross-Country Skiing

Most of the individual trails in the forest preserves of DuPage County allow cross-country skiing. However, a handful of forest preserves may have trails or sections of trails that do not, such as those that pass through sensitive habitats. Please refer to individual forest preserve maps, if available, on the DuPage County trails chart.

When conditions permit, rangers groom trails for classic and skate-style cross-country skiing. For information on trail conditions, call the Outdoor Report at (630) 871-6422, press 3 for the winter sports current conditions report and then 2 for cross-country skiing conditions.

Cross-Country Skiing Guidelines

  • The use of Forest Preserve District trails does not require a permit or have an associated fee.
  • Ski single file on the right edge of the trail; reserve the inside of the trail for other users.
  • Announce “passing on your left” when doing so.
  • Approach horses slowly, and allow extra room. Never pass a horse on a bridge; bridges can make even experienced animals nervous.
  • Be aware of wildlife both on and off the trail. Remember, you are a visitor in their habitat.
  • Practice “leave no trace.” Whatever you bring into a forest preserve, take out.
  • To preserve nature’s quiet and solitude, refrain making any loud sounds.
  • “DuPage County Forest Preserve Trails” contains maps for 21 forest preserves and one state park. E-mail forest@dupageforest.org or call Visitor Services at (630) 933-7248 for a free printed copy, or download Forest Preserve Trails Guide.

Dog Sledding

When snow conditions allow, mushers can “gee” and “haw” on select trails at two forest preserves.

  • Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville Regional, Bobolink and connector trails north of Mack Road in the McKee Marsh area
  • Greene Valley Forest Preserve in Naperville Thunderbird Spur Trail at the parking lot on Thunderbird Road
  • The use of Forest Preserve District trails does not require a permit or have an associated fee.
  • For the safety of other forest preserve visitors and the protection of the county’s natural resources, mushers must remain on the trails and travel in a controlled, safe manner.
  • During the rest of the year, unless otherwise posted, dog sledders may use wheeled training carts up to 4 feet wide on any forest preserve trail that is also designated for Bicycling.
  • “DuPage County Forest Preserve Trails” is a publication that contains maps for 21 forest preserves and one state park. E-mail forest@dupageforest.com or call Visitor Services at (630) 933-7248 for a free printed copy, or download Forest Preserve Trails Guide.

Ice Fishing

  • Visit Fishing for complete fishing information.
  • Note number 10 under Rules and Regulations for ice-fishing-specific information.

Sledding and Ice Skating

Unless otherwise posted, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County allows sledding and ice skating in all forest preserves.

  • Neither sledding nor ice skating requires a permit or has an associated fee.
  • Rangers do not monitor ice conditions.
  • All ice-related activities are done at the user’s 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 forest preserves and any slopes at Spring Creek Reservoir Forest Preserve.

Tubing and Snowshoeing

The Mount Hoy tubing hill is located at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville. Take a thriling 800-foot ride down Mount Hoy, or explore forest preserve trails by snowshoe. Rentals are available when 3 or more inches of snow covers the hill. For snow conditions, call the Outdoor Report at (630) 871-6422.

  • Open December – February on weekends and school holidays (except Casmir Pulaski Day, March 3), 9 a.m. -  4 p.m.
    Open daily during winter break, Dec. 23, 2013 - Jan. 3, 2014, except Dec. 25.
  • Inner tube rentals are $5 (cash only) per tube per day and end at 3:30 p.m
    Participants must use District-rented inner tubes.
  • Snowshoe rentals are $5 (cash only) for two hours and $10 (cash only) per day and end at 2 p.m.

DuPage County Forest Preserve Trails

This chart provides the location, activity allowed and surface type for DuPage County forest preserve trails.

Forest Preserve

Activity

Surface

Map

Blackwell

H,B,C,HR

limestone

  

Churchill Woods

H,B,C,HR

limestone,turf

 

Cricket Creek

H,B,C,HR

limestone

  

Danada

H,B,C,HR

limestone, wood chip

 

Egermann Woods

H,B,C,HR

mowed

NA

Fullersburg Woods

H,B,C,HR

limestone

 

Greene Valley

H,B,C,HR

limestone

 

Hawk Hollow

H,B,C,HR

limestone

 

Herrick Lake

H,B,C,HR

limestone

 

Hidden Lake

H,B,C,HR

limestone

 

Mallard Lake

H,B,C,HR

limestone

 

Maple Grove

H,B,C

limestone

 

Mayslake

H,B,C,HR

limestone

 

McDowell Grove

H,B,C,HR

limestone

 

Meacham Grove

H,B,C,HR

limestone

 

Pratt's Wayne Woods

H,B,C,HR

limestone, turf

 

Salt Creek Greenway

H,B,C,HR

limestone

NA

Salt Creek Marsh

H,B,C,HR

limestone

NA

Songbird Slough

H,B

paved road

 

Spring Creek Reservoir

H,B

asphalt

 

Springbrook Prairie

H,B,C,HR

limestone

 

Timber Ridge*  

H,B,C,HR

limestone

 

Warrenville Grove

H,B,C,HR

limestone

NA

Waterfall Glen*  

H,B,C,HR

limestone, wood chip

 

West Branch

H,B,C,HR

limestone

 

West DuPage Woods

H,B,C,HR

limestone, turf

 

Wood Dale Grove

H,B,C

limestone, wood chip

 

York Woods

H,B,C

asphalt

 

H Hiking   B Bicycling  C Cross-Country Skiing   HR Horseback Riding 

*District Alert: Visit this forest preserve's Web page for more information.

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