bike trails

George Rogers Clark Discovery Trail

Enjoy an 8.8 mile adventure along this newest bike trail in Southern Illinois. The George Rogers Clark Discovery Trail (GRCDT) celebrates an American hero who took the fight to the British in what is now Southern Illinois during the “Illinois Campaign” of 1778. The trail begins at Superman Square and ends in Brookport. It is a multii-use path that is partially on low-use country roads and a paved trail. 3.6 miles of the GRCDT is in Fort Massac State Park. The longest prefab pedestrian bridge in Illinois is part of this trail where it crosses Seven Mile Creek.

Cedar Lake and Cove Hollow Trail

Out and Back, about 8 miles long. Cedar Lake Trail has three faces, an intermediate easter half, a fairly mellow western half and then there is Cove Hollow. Cove Hollow is a more technical extension. This single track loop is 13 miles long and will take around 6 hours. You have 200 feet of elevation change and the terrain is steep and technical. If you go fast, you will catch some air! You can take either part or all of the Cedar Lake Trail since it is an “out and back” bike trail. To get to the Cedar Lake trail from the Old Route 51, take Route 51 south 2 miles from SIU until the intersection at Old Route 51. Turn right at Old Route 51 and continue about 5 miles to McGuire Road. Watch for the “River to River” trail crossing sign. Turn right at McGuire Road, then take the first left at Rowen Road. Proceed down Rowen until the trail head on the right.

Red Cedar Mountain Bike Trail

This trail is a more technical, single track loop. It is 13 miles long and will take around 6 hours. You have 200 feet of elevation change and the terrain is steep and technical.

Pyramid State Park

16.5 mile bike, hike and horse trail. Mountain Bikes allowed.

Tunnel Hill State Trail

Harrisburg to Karnak, 42 miles, Lime-stone surface

Trans-America Bicycle Trail

The Trans-America Bicycle route enters the state at Chester and continues east through the Shawnee Forest to Cave in Rock.

Rend Lake Bike Trail

This trail runs from Rend Lake College south through Wayne Fitzgerald State Park ending at the N. Marcum Recreation area. Trail length is over 9 miles long.

Trigg Tower Trail System

The Trigg Tower system includes a group of mountain bike tracks. Gum Springs, Pakentuck Falls, Cedar Falls, and some of the River-to-River trail. The Gum Springs trailhead is about 45 minutes south of Carbondale. Take I-24 South to exit 16. Go east until Route 147. Go left on Route 147 for 6.5 miles to Gilead Church Road. Turn left on Gilead Church Road for about a mile. Turn right on Gum Springs Road. Trailhead is about 1.5 miles on your left.

For more information on these, or any bike trails:

Illinois Department of Transportation Bicycles

Shawnee Mountain Bike Association