Moraine Hills State Park Cross Country Skiing

The 5th most popular XC Ski in Illinois.

Northwest of Chicago and south of McHenry, the 1,600 acre Moraine Hills State Park has a rolling 11 mile trail system. The crushed limestone covered trails are one-way and color coded. There are three main loops: Lake Definance (red - 3.7 miles); Leather Leaf Bog (blue - 3.2 miles) and Fox River (yellow - 2 miles).

To reach the cross-country skiing trailhead from McHenry, head south on River Road for 3 miles and follow signs to park entrance.

Overall, Moraine Hills State Park is the 5th most popular cross country ski area of all 5 Nordic ski destinations in Illinois.

Moraine Hills State Park Cross Country Skiing Map



Local Contact(s):  MHSP (815) 678-4431; Illinois Tourism (800) 223-0121.

Recommended Book:  "Basic Cross-Country Skiing" from J Scott McGee

Best Season:  Jan. - Feb.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Reference Source:  click here

Date Published:  

Date Updated:  7/9/2016

ID:  15880

Moraine Hills State Park Cross Country Skiing Map


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