Cross-Country Skiing

Who needs hills?

Glide quietly through the winter landscape and read the stories animals have written in the snow. Metroparks offers introductory programs, groomed and ungroomed trails and miles of natural area to explore on skis. All unpaved trails and open playfields in the Metroparks are suitable for cross-country skiing during daylight hours.

Skiing at Oak Openings

Groomed and maintained, this 4-mile trail is reserved only for skiers at Oak Openings. There is a restroom stop at the half-way point for you convenience. Dedicated cross-country ski trails are groomed with tracks at Oak Openings Preserve (start at the Evergreen Lake Area).

Skiing at Secor

A ski trail will be open at Secor Metropark when conditions permit (start at the trailhead near the Nature Photography Center). Volunteers In Parks purchased a track-setter for the staff to use to groom the 4.8-mile route. A large map is posted at the trailhead near the Nature Photography Center and identifies the ski and walking trails.

Trails And Recreation Fields

While the staff tries to keep the all purpose trails clear for walkers, runners and cyclists year round, the walking trails and recreation fields in all Metroparks can be used for cross-country skiing. Please do not ski in natural areas, such a meadows.