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updated: 4/14/2014 5:10 PM

Hastings Lake nature open house:

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The Lake County Forest Preserve District hosts a nature open house from 1 to 3:30 p.m., April 26, at the recently opened Hastings Lake Forest Preserve, 21155 W. Gelden Road, Lake Villa. All ages are invited to explore the woodlands, waters and open spaces. No registration required. Meet at Shelter A. Hastings Lake, which features four miles of paved and gravel trails that wind through open fields, woodlands of stately trees, and wetlands. Trails are open to bicycling, hiking and cross-country skiing, and in-line skating on the paved trail. Two trail spurs provide access to the preserve from the Seven Hills and Mallard Ridge subdivisions. A trail connection to Grass Lake Road on the east side of the lake is also available. Other amenities include three picnic shelters, a large playground, three scenic overlooks, boardwalks, and two wheelchair accessible fishing piers.

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