Johnson’s Mound Forest Preserve (west of Batavia) is a great place to get your legs into shape for x-country skiing. It is a wooded glacial kame rising 50+ ft. over the surrounding countryside. The drive looping around the mound is wide, paved, and is shared by Fox Valley hikers and cyclists getting into and staying in shape. Base to base the west part of the drive is 0.3 mi. There is drinking water and an outhouse at the top of the hill. There is occasional vehicle traffic moving 5 to 10 mph on the drive.
If anyone wants to join me I usually do 2 hrs of up & down, base to base walking/jogging (OK not much jogging) on the west part of the drive Saturday & Sunday mornings. While I am training on the mound now, I am not on a regular schedule. I’ll get back on to my regular weekend schedule October 26 and continue to x-country skiing season. If you see a red Jeep Commander in the parking lot, I'm on the mound.
It’s also a great place to toboggan and tube when we have snow.