SIUE Trails


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.


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.


Trail Information

SIUE Trails
Forum Discussion

Trail Steward(s)

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




7.5 miles


Multiple Loops


Trail Conditions

Latest Conditions

From d trey on Fri, 10/18/2019 - 10:00am - SIUE Trails (Illinois)
Primo Primo Primo. Get out and ride! Trails in great condition. Watch out for the loose sticks, I seem to be finding those 1x per ride and spilling out!
From falasi4 on Sat, 10/19/2019 - 9:59am - SIUE Trails (Illinois)
About as good of conditions as I've ever seen the SIUE trails yesterday (Fri 10/18) - should be as good today!
From d trey on Sat, 10/05/2019 - 9:52am - SIUE Trails (Illinois)
Great time of year to get out and ride. Thank you to those who do the upkeep. We appreciate it. Trails in great shape, only one of the concrete bridges are a little dicey, everything else in great shape.
From Moosejuice on Tue, 10/01/2019 - 8:42pm - SIUE Trails (Illinois)
All trails are now clear. The tree on trail 3 has been removed.
From Moosejuice on Sun, 09/29/2019 - 1:52pm - SIUE Trails (Illinois)
Trail 3 has a tree completely blocking it with no way around at the trail sign near the dorm. The top branches are across the trail about 6 feet high. The branches are about four to five inch diameter.
From mrcampb on Wed, 09/18/2019 - 1:41pm - SIUE Trails (Illinois)
Dry and dusty. A lot of the trails have been recently trimmed back and are in very good shape.