Wellness Walks for October

All morning walks begin at 8am on Tuesdays. Walks are held at a nearby Lake County Forest Preserve (different each week), or other walkable venue. Distances are modest (usually less than two miles), and routes are planned to return us to the starting point in approx 45 minutes. Any of these walks may be shortened or cancelled if the weather poses a safety risk.

If you need more info, please contact Melanie Fuhrmann at 847-703-0890 or Ken Church at 847-651-1940. In case of inclement weather, please check the Saint Stephen of Antioch Facebook Page or contact Melanie or Ken.

You can see Lake County Forest Preserve maps online at www.lcfpd.org/preserves. This takes you to an interactive mapping system. The old print maps (.pdf) are within the internal menus, but they can more easily be found with a Google search. LCFPD also has a smartphone app. Questions: Call Melanie Fuhrmann at 847-703-0890 or Ken Church at 847-651-1940. Any of these walks may be shortened or cancelled if the weather poses a safety risk.

Oct. 1: Saddlebrook Farms, Grayslake: NEW WALK! From Antioch, go to Round Lake Beach, Rollins Road. Then south on Hainesville Road (at the Meijer) all the way to Hwy 120, Belvidere Road. Left (east) on Belivdere, a short way then right (south) on Alleghany Road. Pass the road to Campbell Airport. Turn right (west) on Saddlebrook Drive. At the stop sign, turn left (south) on Saddlebrook Drive. Park at Saddlebrook Farms Lake Lodge, 2601 Saddlebrook Dr. We will walk on cinder roads, similar to the forest preserve trails. Afterward, we’ll have some breakfast at Ken and Joan Church’s home!

Oct. 8: Hastings Lake Forest Preserve, Lindenhurst: Entrance is on Gelden Road, SW of Grass Lake Road or NE of Deep Lake Road. Turn south into the preserve and park in the first parking area on the right, which is inside the one-mile loop. There is a nice playground here! Gravel Yellow Loop is 1 mile.

Oct. 15: Rollins Savanna Forest Preserve, Third Lake: Trails closed due to flooding as of 7/23 will likely be open now. Rollins Road, west of Hwy 45 and east of Hwy 83. Take Drury Lane (there is a traffic signal) south about ½ mile, and park in the Rollins Savanna parking lot. We will walk along east the Millennium Trail for about 25 minutes, and then return along the same path. Seeing deer is very likely.

Oct. 22: Ethel’s Woods Forest Preserve, Antioch: NEW WALK, NEW TRAIL!! Entrance and parking are on Miller Road, east of Route 45. The website does not list this area as publicly accessible yet, but their Fall magazine does. We will figure it out!

Oct. 29: Village of Antioch. Park behind the United Methodist Church, 848 Main St., Antioch. This is our annual Halloween Decorations walk! We’ll walk south on Toft Ave. to Lake St., south on Victoria, west on Harden, north on Spafford, west on Lake (on the sidewalk) north on Hillside, east on Orchard, north on Holbek and back to the UMC. Got it?! 1.4 miles.

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