The Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail runs 12 miles, much of the way along an old railroad right-of-way between County Highway 2 east of Charleston and the ball fields at 10th Street in Mattoon; an additional 1-mile loop takes you around the ball fields to Logan Street.
Two miles of the trail's surface is paved (the portions through Mattoon and Charleston), while the remaining 10 miles is compacted limestone; long-term plans call for paving the whole trail. A portion of the trail, between Loxa Road and Old State/Baxter Springs Road, is open to equestrians.
The trail is open year-round from dawn to dusk.
Parking and Trail Access
Parking is available in Mattoon Park, at the 10th Street ball fields, or by the Roundhouse Complex on Shelby Avenue. Parking is also available midway off Loxa Road where the trail crosses the road. In Charleston, there is a small parking area between the industrial sites where Madison Avenue and CR 7/Old State Road run parallel. Additional parking is at the ball fields on Division Street.
My wife and I have ridden 15 trails in Central Illinois, and this one is in worse condition than any of them. The long, cross-country sections of crushed stone are in particular need of some maintenance. Through the I-57 underpass there are some serious ...
Me and my 10 yr. old son rode this 12 ml. trail.This was on 7/3/10 we both held up great.The trail is great for any naturalist.You see all kinds of wild flowers,bunny's,birds ect.The trail also runs past the Charleston golf coarse and also the 1/8 ml. ...