Officially started in 1998, the Winona Lake Trails sit on some cool history that will help you understand the makeup of the land and why some of the trails flow the way they do.
The property was once a summer camp owned by the Chicago Boys Club.
Incorporated in 1902, the camp was open for nearly 80 years providing a place of solitude for inner-city children from Chicago to spend two weeks out of their summer. The camp had several buildings on-site which included a caretaker’s home, a maintenance building, and cabins. Many of these foundations remain today and are sprinkled throughout the 117 acres of private property.
Today, you can enjoy just over 10 miles of flowing singletrack that winds its way around the trees, Cherry Creek, and open spaces of the old Chicago Boys Club Camp. You will find challenging uphill climbs, quick descents, and fun, flat sections. And oftentimes, you’ll come across riders and runners from towns near and far, sometimes even out of the country, as they’re here on business, and have been introduced to our local gem.