With the sun going down so early, there’s no time to play! Fear not… now you can get out to enjoy some fresh air and exercise every night after dark. The District has two sites open late for hiking or cross country skiing when the conditions are right.

Now through March 12, you can hike or ski until 9 p.m. every evening on the Solar Lit Trails at Pleasant Valley, Woodstock (half mile beginner loop) or Hickory Grove Highlands, Cary (1-mile intermediate loop).

The Pleasant Valley Trail at 13315 Pleasant Valley Road in Woodstock, is a short .5-mile trail located on the east side of the entrance drive and traverses relatively flat terrain, perfect for beginners or shorter outings. Park in the first parking area and sign in.

The trail at Hickory Grove Highlands, 500 Hickory Nut Grove Lane in Cary is a longer 1.25 mile looped trail that travels through a restored savanna, offering a longer scenic route with some hills and turns, suitable for intermediate skiers. Visitors should sign in at the trail head.

Both sites provide residents another outdoor recreational opportunity in the winter, at night, as an adjunct to our popular Candlelight Skis which are only offered once a month during the season. Visit the District’s website at www.MCCDistrict.org to view the current schedule of winter events and programs or to find the location of a favorite activity nearest you.