SIUE Trails

SIU-Edwardsville

This trail system is made up of more than 7.5 miles of tight, twisty, all-dirt singletrack in 6 separate trails. Modest elevation gain, thick forest, and smooth hardpack make for rides which will satisfy every rider from beginner to advanced. The trails were designed in such a way that they would be a place not only for beginners to try out mountain biking, but also to allow more advanced riders an opportunity to test their bike handling skills by riding the narrow trails at a more rapid pace.

They are built partially on the site of an old outdoor amphitheater from the 1970's, better known as the "Mississippi River Festival." The trails are easily accessible from the numerous bike paths that intertwine the Metro-East, so if you live in the area, driving to the trails is not necessarily required. While all the trails are designed to IMBA standards, because of the all-dirt surface, it is recommended that you not ride these trails immediately following rain.

Please download a map and take it with you, so you will be able to find all the loops, as they are spread out among numerous cross-country running trails.

Directions

Take hwy 255 North past Interstate 270, to New Poag Road. Turn Right or East at the end of the exit ramp. Stay on New Poag Road until the first intersection with a 4 way stop sign. This will be University Drive. Turn Right onto University Drive. The road will immediately bend to the left, at the end of the bend on your right is a gravel road, turn onto the gravel road. 

For those of you approaching by bike, there is a trailhead for Trail 2 off of the Delyte Morris Bikeway, which bisects the SIUE campus from Stadium Drive, and eventually connects with the Watershed Bikeway. The trailhead is in between Cougar Lake Dr. and University Dr., just to the east of campus. There is also a trailhead on Trail 3 at the back of Cougar Village behind the Northwestern-most collection of apartments.

Maps 

Trail Information

SIUE Trails
Forum Discussion

Trail Steward(s)

Steve Smith, Pete & Gigi Kuerschgen, Ross Blanton, Caleb Miller

Rating

Beginner

Length

7.5 miles

Type

Multiple Loops

Weather

Trail Conditions

Latest Conditions

From Bobagby78 on Tue, 06/11/2019 - 12:00pm - SIUE Trails (Illinois)
Soft spots are firm enough to ride through. Dry spots are perfect. One big tree down across #2, did not ride 3 or 4 but i heard there was a big tree down out there, too. Get you some before the rain comes!
From Bobagby78 on Mon, 05/27/2019 - 9:38pm - SIUE Trails (Illinois)
1 was passable, hiked through a lot of 2 for fear of putting deep ruts in the trail. 6 was in fairly good shape. Give it a few to dry out and pray for no rain.
From altimit on Sun, 04/28/2019 - 1:00pm - SIUE Trails (Illinois)
Trails 1/2/3/6 were pretty good in general. Walked around a couple wet spots but rideable. Growth is starting to close in some of the trails. Needs a bit more time to be flawless riding.
From Randster on Wed, 04/03/2019 - 11:13am - SIUE Trails (Illinois)
Small mud patch on trail 1. Usual spring mud pit on trail 4. Everything else is in great shape.
From pilznr on Thu, 03/21/2019 - 10:28pm - SIUE Trails (Illinois)
Some seasonal mud, and a few trees down, but not enough to stop the fun.
From Greenman88 on Mon, 03/18/2019 - 2:30pm - SIUE Trails (Illinois)
Tree down across Trail 3 just north of trailhead with Trail 4. Users have made an alternate path already.