Did you know that cross-country skiing is the oldest type of skiing? It originated from the desire to travel over snow-covered land, and it became a sport by the end of the late nineteenth century. Every winter, rangers from DuPage County’s Forest Preserve District groom over eighty miles of trails that are just a short drive from Eagle Creek Apartments. If you would like to enjoy some cross-country skiing fun, here are three destinations you don’t want to miss:
Spanning over 1,100 acres, Timber Ridge features one of the only two natural lakes in the Forest Preserve District. Before settlement, the property featured prairie and scattered woodlands. Many of these areas survived into the twentieth century, while the rest of the land was used for agriculture. Today, the preserve’s two miles of trails welcome cross-country skiers who come to enjoy the stunning scenery.
Pratt’s Wayne Woods
At over 3,400 acres, Pratt’s Wayne Woods is the county’s largest preserve. It is home to more than 100 native plants and animals, and the wetland and grassland areas are successful breeding grounds for yellow-headed blackbirds and other rare species. Cross-country skiers discover 12 miles of trails. A portion of the Illinois Prairie Path also meanders through the preserve, adding to the wintertime fun. Other winter activities include snowshoeing and ice fishing.
St. James Farm
Nestled in nearby Warrenville, St. James Farm is where European farmers settled in the 1800s. Several of their structures remain, including a gabled roof-and-wing farmhouse that’s one of the last of its type in DuPage County. Cross-country skiers explore the natural areas, and interpretive signs explain St. James’ fascinating history.
Cross-country skiing is just one of the wintertime activities that you can enjoy as a resident of Eagle Creek Apartments. If you want to stay active but don’t like the cold, check out these local rock-climbing walls. To call our community home, please contact us. We would love for you to see firsthand all we have to offer.Back to all posts