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.
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.
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.
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