Does your heart start racing when you hear “4 or more inches of snow forecasted?” If your idea of sledding involves horsepower and torque, then our guide to snowmobiling trails around McHenry County is here to help feed your adrenaline craving. Currently, these are official park-managed snowmobile trails in McHenry County, though there may be many other official and unofficial locations to ride. Be sure to see the links we’ve included which will also lead you to snowmobile trail maps.
You may also want to check with the McHenry County Snowmobile Association for additional snowmobiling trails, speed runs, competitions, and group rides. If you are involved with or manage any snowmobiling events, be sure to add them to our Events Calendar as well! And if you have information about other official trails, please see the form below to submit it and help us update our list.
All information is subject to change and we always recommend contacting the specific locations to verify conditions and availability, especially those that are weather dependent.
Harvard Snowmobiling Trails
Rush Creek Conservation Area
Maintained by the McHenry County Conservation District, Rush Creek features a 2.2-mile snowmobile trail running from Windy Hill, Lindwall, and Streit Roads. Open daily from sunrise to sunset.
Address: 20501 McGuire Rd, Harvard, IL 60033
Richmond Snowmobiling Trails
The Hebron Trail connects to the Prairie Trail through North Branch Conservation Area near Richmond on the east, and on the west travels from Lange Road through Hebron to Church Street. The trail travels along oak savanna, sedge meadow, and over the winding banks of Nippersink Creek. The trail takes a quiet route through rural farmland, open meadows and past the wetland complex of Goose Lake Conservation Area.
Address: 11500 North Keystone Rd, Richmond, IL 60071
Ringwood Snowmobiling Trails
Glacial Park Conservation Area
This massive and massively popular conservation area provides several miles of snowmobile trails. Maintained by the McHenry County Conservation District, the area is open daily from sunrise to sunset.
Address: 6705 State Rte 31, Ringwood, IL 60072
Phone: 815-678-4532 (Lost Valley Visitor Center), 815-334-7669
Prairie Trail North
This unpaved section runs between the Village of McHenry northbound thru Richmond and westbound along the Hebron Trail. The trail is shared by horseback riders in warmer months and snowmobilers during the winter.
Site users can intersect the trail at numerous points as well as park and ride from Hillside Road Lot, at Peterson Park in McHenry, or at Glacial Park Harts Road Parking Lot in Ringwood (address below).
Address: 6705 Rte 31, Ringwood, IL 60072
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