Vandalia, Illinois (IL) Trails & Maps

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  • Arches Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 2.2 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Grass

    Opened in the Fall of 2012, Arches Rail Trail continues to be improved by an active local support group. It lies between Butler and Hillsboro, Illinois, along a section of an old 1850s route that stretched west nearly to the Mississippi River ...
  • Benld-Gillespie Bike Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 1.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Benld-Gillespie Bike Trail is part of two developing Illinois initiatives: the Route 66 Trail from Chicago to St. Louis, loosely following the historic highway; and the Illinois Traction System (ITS) Trail from Springfield to St. Louis, ...
  • Carlyle Lake Bike Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 10.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Carlyle Lake Bike Trail is located in one of Southwest Illinois's most popular recreational areas, just 50 miles east of St. Louis, Missouri—not far from that area's abundance of great trails, as well. Since the Army Corps of Engineers built ...
  • Delyte W. Morris Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 2.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Delyte W. Morris Trail lies entirely on the campus of Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (SIUE). It is named for the university's president at the Carbondale campus in the 1960s who helped create the Edwardsville campus. Students ...
  • Effingham TREC

    State: IL
    Length: 3 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The first portion of the TREC (Trail Recreation Effingham County) system, totaling approximately 3 miles, is complete, although eventually 30 miles of county-wide bicycling and walking trails will be developed. The trail is a wide and well-maintained ...
  • General Dacey Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The General Dacey Trail, which first opened in 2006, is a beautiful and richly varied trail located between the city of Shelbyville to the west and large Lake Shelbyville to the east. Its surface is oil and chip throughout. The two northernmost ...
  • Glen Carbon Heritage Bike Trail (MCT Heritage Trail)

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 11 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Gravel

    Caution: As of September 2013, the westernmost 8 miles of the trail are closed due to trail reconstruction, from the trail’s terminus at its intersection with the Madison County Transit Nickel Plate Trail in Glen Carbon to the Silver Creek Bridge. ...
  • Green Diamond Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 4.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Dedicated on August 5, 2000, the Green Diamond Rail-Trail was the first bicycling/pedestrian trail in Montgomery County. Partially funded by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the trail is the first leg of a possible 16 miles of trails ...
  • Lincoln Prairie Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 14.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Lincoln Prairie Trail runs between County Road 12 at State Route 29 west of Pana and Paw Paw Street in Taylorville. The trail parallels SR 29 for nearly the entire route. Built upon an abandoned rail bed, the trail includes four original ...
  • Madison County Transit Goshen Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 8.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Madison County Transit (MCT) Goshen Trail is a namesake of the old Goshen Road that was built in 1808 to supply salt to the first permanent settlers of Madison County. The modern bike trail crosses the old road in one place, as does the ...
  • Madison County Transit Nature Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 14.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Madison County Transit (MCT) Nature Trail goes through richly varied surroundings of city, farm and wood. In the west, it begins at beautiful Wilson Park in Granite City. From there, it makes its way through older city neighborhoods, where ...
  • Madison County Transit Nickel Plate Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 21.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The Madison County Transit (MCT) Nickel Plate Trail is the longest of the county’s trails and perhaps the most diverse in its offerings. On the west, it begins at a junction with the MCT Nature Trail, offering a rather typical mix of rural rail-trail ...
  • Madison County Transit Quercus Grove Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 18.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The MCT Quercus Grove Trail begins in Edwardsville at its junction with the MCT Nickel Plate Trail. It begins on city sidewalks and alleys near Edwardsville's historic downtown area and very quickly looses itself in the dense tree cover of the ...
  • Madison County Transit Schoolhouse Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 15.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Madison County Transit (MCT) Schoolhouse Trail is part of the Transit District's system of more than 100 miles of urban and suburban trails—many of which are former railroad corridors, all of which are linked with public transit. This trail ...
  • Madison County Transit Watershed Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 5.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Madison Count Transit (MCT) Watershed Trail is all about trains, bridges and waterways. It follows an abandoned rail corridor built in 1868, the first to serve the city of Edwardsville, itself the third oldest city in Illinois. Later the ...
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