No matter what the season, you can enjoy our sporting and outdoor activities. Maybe it’s time to ride your bike or take a walk on dozens of neighborhood trails.
The trail runs from the Carlyle Lake Visitor’s Center (Trailhead) east for 10 miles across the Carlyle Lake/Kaskaskia River Dam and the saddle dams. The surface is black top and concrete with some crushed rock surface on the eastern end.
This 19-mile asphalt/oil & chip trail offers spectacular views of the Mississippi River and Clark Bridge while running along the river and canal, from Russel Commons Park in Alton to 20th Street in Granite City.
This 7-mile asphalt trail features 10 tunnels and a 175-foot bridge. It connects to six other trails and begins at IL-162 in Troy, runs through Maryville and Glen Carbon, and ends in northern Edwardsville.
Walk along the former historic Illinois Central Railroad to the beautiful scenery that is the Kaskaskia River. You enter the trail behind he Fayette County Health Department at 416 W. Edwards St. Along the trail you can enjoy the “Did you know” signs that are spread throughout the trail to learn the history of the railroad and about Abraham Lincoln’s involvement with the trail and Vandalia.
Asphalt scenic trail winding through the city park. The trail can be entered at the corner of Locust & Jefferson Sts. or in the 1000 block of West Fillmore. There are three pavilions for picnics , several areas of play equipment and the town branch runs through it where many a kid has had luck finding crawdads
The 6.9 mile trail cuts across east Belleville connecting the Swansea and Memorial Hospital MetroLink stations with Southwestern Illinois College. Bridges offer trail users safe access across Richland Creek and the railroad tracks.
The World Heritage Site of Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site is linked to the historic Mounds Sites in East St. Louis, Old North St. Louis, and Sugar Loaf Mound in South St. Louis. Along the 15-mile route, visit mound sites, museums, historic buildings, cultural landmarks and more.
Connecting to Edwardsville Township Park, Miner’s Park and the Lewis & Clark College in Edwardsville, this 14-mile asphalt/limestone trail begins at Longfellow Ave. in Edwardsville and ends in Pontoon Beach.
This bridge is one of the world’s longest pedestrian/bicycle bridges and offers commanding views of the Mississippi River and a great perch for American Eagle watching. Years ago the bridge became very popular as the Route 66 bridge with a 45 degree right curve in the middle. The Bridge is the site of Eagle Days in January and other events.
This 8-mile trail is relatively short, but even the most experienced mountain bikers find it a challenge. A total of 22 miles of trails run along the shoreline of the lake, but Out and Back is the only one open to biking.
The 2.2 mile loop trail features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. It winds through secretive canyons that hide the biggest display of prehistoric petroglyphs and pictographs in Illinois.
Eight miles of trails of moderate difficulty wind through the Park.
This 3.8 mi. asphalt trail has several bridges and picturesque views of Richland Creek. It’s ideal for a family or group outing, a quiet walk or a short bike ride. It is altogether flat except for its one steep rise to the MetroBikeLink Trail.
The Route 66 Trail was highly enhanced in 2017 and is now 6.6 miles long in a lariat loop configuration. Easy to intermediate trails are located to the South. Intermediate to advanced trails are located to the North, with the Northern “Chicago Loop” containing many uphills and advanced features.
Along the way, you will find flowing singletrack, challenging features, and a number of heart pumping uphills.
You will find many unique log features, a challenging gravel mound, cool bridge, bike moguls, fast downhills, and a woodsy rock garden.
The “Chicago Loop”, located to the far North, is mainly for stronger riders and can be ridden in either direction.
There are multiple trailheads along the way but starting at picnic area 3 on Park Road puts you right in the middle. Go North for really cool features and “Chicago Loop” and head South for an easier ride.
Three trails make up the Salt Lick system: The Johnson Trail is 1.3 miles along the base of the bluff and is an easy walk; the Salt Lick Point Trail is 1.8 miles is a bit more challenging, but affords beautiful views across the Mississippi River flood plain, including the St. Louis skyline. The third trail is the 1.9 mile Newman Trail which connects to both the Johnson and Salt Lick Point Trails.
The Preserve is an old growth forest remnant set in the sinkhole plain between Millstadt and Columbia. The Homer F. Stemler Memorial Walking Trail offers over 2 miles of hiking with 12 interpretive points.
The high quality natural habitats of White Rock hosts a wealth of flora and fauna. The Preserve contains a 2-mile non-looping trail system through dense and healthy woodlands.
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