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 / Intermediate

Length

7.5 miles

Type

Multiple Loops

Weather

Trail Conditions

Latest Conditions

From Kirby on Sat, 01/21/2023 - 1:49pm - SIUE Trails (Illinois)
If you get out before thaw, conditions are good. Thaw hits fast, please cease riding when it starts to get slimy.
From falasi4 on Thu, 12/01/2022 - 9:29pm - SIUE Trails (Illinois)
I went expecting to just ride around the grass/gravel like the old cyclocross practice loops but the trails were very firm. Beware the leaves! Couple places it is hard to tell if riding on trail or not
From Randster on Thu, 11/17/2022 - 3:30pm - SIUE Trails (Illinois)
No sign of freeze/thaw. Trails were in good shape at 3:30pm.
From Keebler on Thu, 11/10/2022 - 7:55pm - SIUE Trails (Illinois)
Trail is dry. Get out and ride it. One big tree, maybe 18 inches across, down on trail 3. Will need a big chain saw to cut up. Good job to creek crossings repair crew.
From d trey on Sat, 10/22/2022 - 8:09am - SIUE Trails (Illinois)
Absolutely prime. Bridges in great shape. Dry as a bone trails. Enjoy.
From barone101 on Sun, 10/09/2022 - 2:03pm - SIUE Trails (Illinois)
TRAIL CONDITION GREEN , TRAILS NEED TO BE MARKED BETTER THAN THEY ARE , AND NOT WITH BROWN MARKER POSTS THAT BLEND IN WITH THE WOODS !!!!!!