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 alex.bergomi@gm... on Mon, 07/08/2019 - 10:04am - SIUE Trails (Illinois)
I went out yesterday afternoon, Trails are not in bad conditions. There is mud on the lowest parts of the trails. It needs to dry up a bit.
From jwmahoney on Fri, 07/05/2019 - 12:00pm - SIUE Trails (Illinois)
I cleared Trails 1 & 2. Things were a bit greasy while I was working. As I was leaving there was a major downpour.
From alex.bergomi@gm... on Wed, 07/03/2019 - 2:52pm - SIUE Trails (Illinois)
Trails are in good shape. Need some trimming though. Some puddles here and there. On piece of advise: ride through the puddles, not around. Riding around puddles only make them bigger.
From jwmahoney on Tue, 07/02/2019 - 8:00pm - SIUE Trails (Illinois)
Several small avoidable mud holes. 3 trees down on Trail 1. 2 trees down on the lower side of Trail 2. Several low hangers on Trail 3 & 4. Could use a hair cut. Lots of thorny plants dangling in the trail. Watch out for the horse flies.
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.