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Pekin Park Bike Trail

4.3 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Rock Island Trail (IL)

37.6 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Pekin Park Bike Trail traverses more than 4 miles between Allentown Road and the Illinois River at Pekin bridge. The trail does a loop in Coal Miners' Park and passes through Mineral Springs Park, ...
IL 4.3 mi Asphalt
Running from East Peoria to Morton, The River Trail of Illinois was resurfaced in summer 2011. From East Peoria, the hiking and biking trail travels southeast along the old Illinois Terminal Railway line. ...
IL 9 mi Asphalt
Caution: As of Sept. 15, 2014: Due to severe storm washouts that occurred last summer, there are closed sections of the trail on its northern end between Toulon and Princeville. Check the state's DNR website ...
IL 37.6 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone

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Pekin Park Bike Trail

IL - 4.3 miles

The Pekin Park Bike Trail traverses more than 4 miles between Allentown Road and the Illinois River at Pekin bridge. The trail does a loop in Coal Miners' Park and passes through Mineral Springs Park, ...

River Trail of Illinois (Carl Bud Schmitt Trail)

IL - 9 miles

Running from East Peoria to Morton, The River Trail of Illinois was resurfaced in summer 2011. From East Peoria, the hiking and biking trail travels southeast along the old Illinois Terminal Railway line. ...

Rock Island Trail (IL)

IL - 37.6 miles

Caution: As of Sept. 15, 2014: Due to severe storm washouts that occurred last summer, there are closed sections of the trail on its northern end between Toulon and Princeville. Check the state's DNR website ...

Pekin Park Bike Trail

IL - 4.3 miles

The Pekin Park Bike Trail traverses more than 4 miles between Allentown Road and the Illinois River at Pekin bridge. The trail does a loop in Coal Miners' Park and passes through Mineral Springs Park, ...

River Trail of Illinois (Carl Bud Schmitt Trail)

IL - 9 miles

Running from East Peoria to Morton, The River Trail of Illinois was resurfaced in summer 2011. From East Peoria, the hiking and biking trail travels southeast along the old Illinois Terminal Railway line. ...

Rock Island Trail (IL)

IL - 37.6 miles

Caution: As of Sept. 15, 2014: Due to severe storm washouts that occurred last summer, there are closed sections of the trail on its northern end between Toulon and Princeville. Check the state's DNR website ...

Pekin Park Bike Trail

IL - 4.3 miles

The Pekin Park Bike Trail traverses more than 4 miles between Allentown Road and the Illinois River at Pekin bridge. The trail does a loop in Coal Miners' Park and passes through Mineral Springs Park, ...

River Trail of Illinois (Carl Bud Schmitt Trail)

IL - 9 miles

Running from East Peoria to Morton, The River Trail of Illinois was resurfaced in summer 2011. From East Peoria, the hiking and biking trail travels southeast along the old Illinois Terminal Railway line. ...

Rock Island Trail (IL)

IL - 37.6 miles

Caution: As of Sept. 15, 2014: Due to severe storm washouts that occurred last summer, there are closed sections of the trail on its northern end between Toulon and Princeville. Check the state's DNR website ...

Recent Trail Reviews

Rock Island Trail (IL)

Smells in Princeville

October, 2016 by bpaulsmeyer

We just rode the trail from Princeville to Alta. Beware of the hog manure smell the first mile. My wife was overwhelmed by the smell. We would suggest that you find the trail the next road south of Princeville. We ended up parking in the park the 1st right after Casey's on route 90. The trail head can be accessed after the railroad tracks on the left.

River Trail of Illinois (Carl Bud Schmitt Trail)

Great trail, nice variety

July, 2016 by aevnsgrandpa

Started this one at what is called the end, in Morton, Illinois. Nice place to park and get on. Fair amount of this part is flat and next to corn fields, then as you get out of town you get into some rolling hills. Nice areas that one would not normally see. You ride allow some of the Illinois river run offs near East Peoria. Following the trail once you get to East Peoria is at times confusing as you are turning and crossing roads and there are signs but at time hard to follow. I ended at a Steak N Shake on the river front and ate and then headed back. Great ride.

River Trail of Illinois (Carl Bud Schmitt Trail)

Start in EP!

July, 2016 by drnickpauly

This is a very well-maintained trail (saw two separate work crews during my ride today) through some nice scenery. There is a relentless 2-3 mile hill about 1.5 miles from EP. I recommend parking near Bass Pro and heading towards Morton. There is a nice little riverfront park to park at. Unfortunately, the bathroom facilities were locked up (3:30 PM). The EP end is somewhat confusing, with many twists, turns, and road crossings. The markings are sparse, but now that I have ridden it once, it will be much easier. Trying to connect to the Rock Island trail in Peoria is a bit of an adventure, as you cross a huge bridge with a ton of truck traffic. Definitely not for the faint of heart! Overall nice trail once you figure it out.

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River Trail of Illinois (Carl Bud Schmitt Trail)

Start at Bass Pro!

July, 2016 by rsthompson1

This was awesome. Definitely start at Bass Pro and do the uphill when you first start. The ride back was amazing. Little confusing; turn left near Huck's to get on main trail just passed the chicken joint.

Rock Island Trail (IL)

Nice ride; needs better signage in towns

June, 2016 by kevinkaren

We rode this trail on a warm sunny Sunday, starting in Alta on the outskirts of Peoria, where the trail surface turns from asphalt to stone. There were quite a few people on the trail, but their numbers quickly thinned out as we headed north. Winds were from the west mainly across our path, and there were many stretches with tree cover that would block a wind in most any direction.

The surface is extremely smooth, packed stone with only a few rutted or washed-out spots and several animal holes to dodge or bounce over. I could have left the skinniest slick tires on my road bike rather than switch to the treaded 28's and still done fine.

In two towns along the way the trail leaves the railroad bed and proceeds on paved streets. In Dunlap we didn't see the trail access point a short way down a stone driveway, and rode a few blocks further and s short distance on the highway to rejoin the trail. In the larger town of Princeville some signage was missing entirely and we had to circle back to the railroad tracks and consult the trail map in order to find our way through. On the return trip the signs were a bit clearer.

At Wyoming, IL the trail again stops through town. The visitor center was closed on this Sunday (is it ever open?), but the bathrooms and water were available. On the other side of town where the trail restarts, a sign warned that the trail to Toulon was still closed from several years before. We did not proceed past here so I cannot say whether the bridge is out or if it's just that they never restored the trail from the old storm damage.

The return trip was uneventful with a few people sprinkled through the northern part of the trail, and much heavier use in the last couple miles to Alta. Overall a very good ride, and I would do it again.

Pekin Park Bike Trail

Terrible

May, 2016 by ehlutzcem

Once you leave Mineral Springs Park, the trail is not marked. I had to ride along Broadway for a few blocks before finding it again. Then I lost it again down by where the old West Campus used to be. Once you get west of Eighth Street, you have to stop every block to watch for cars before crossing the street.

The trail is really better for walkers than for riders.

River Trail of Illinois (Carl Bud Schmitt Trail)

April, 2016 by negangardo

Very smooth pavement, nice for inline skating. Slopes aren't too steep to negotiate.

River Trail of Illinois (Carl Bud Schmitt Trail)

One of our favorite local trails

September, 2015 by neff2k

Great little trail! You can park down on the right hand side of Bass Pro Shop where the trail officially starts. This will let you get the uphill travel out of the way first so you can enjoy the ride downhill on the way back. Decent incline about 3-4 miles in. Really well taken care of.

River Trail of Illinois (Carl Bud Schmitt Trail)

Love!

September, 2015 by weezard1

This is a great paved trail with a little bit of everything. I like to start at Bass Pro Shop in East Peoria and head up to Morton. There is a long, steady incline through a lovely shaded area. Then, on the way back, I get the reward of sailing down through the forest on the decline!

River Trail of Illinois (Carl Bud Schmitt Trail)

Recumbent friendly

June, 2015 by greygirl45

This trail is a freshly paved 14-20 mile round trip from Morton parking, across from KMart. Lots of sun the first 3 miles with 4-5 street crossings. Friendly for pet owners, runners, rollerblades, and family riding. A good incline and challenge riding uphill for .25 mile, but the plus is the canopy in that area. I recently switched to recumbent and found the ride fun.

River Trail of Illinois (Carl Bud Schmitt Trail)

Question about River Trail

December, 2014 by liflana24

Im a professional runner looking to do a long tempo run on this trail. If I start in Morton, when does the path start to get hilly ( I want to avoid the major hill)? Also, do you need to stop for lights/cars or is the trail secluded? Thanks!

Rock Island Trail (IL)

Autumn Bicycle Ride in October 2014

October, 2014 by christopher.macksey.9

Parts of the Rock Island Trail are washed out in between the towns of Toulon and Wyoming, Illinois from excess rainfall and minor flooding that occurred a few years ago, (according to some local residents I encountered on the path). However, these areas can be navigated as long as a sturdy mountain bike is fitted with thick tires. I picked up many fallen branches along my ride and I would recommend you to do the same to prevent blowing a tire out since leaves are beginning to fall rapidly. In addition, the benches and signs are beginning to deteriorate and many need to be replaced. Once you reach Wyoming, the trail is in much fairer condition, (although watch out for the occasional ground hog burrow). The Wyoming section includes an old train depot; reflecting much of the history as a frequent railroad stop in the 1800's. Restrooms and drinking fountain were in good condition to my surprise. I saw garbage cans around to deter litterers which helped. BE AWARE-- Around mile marker 13-14 there is one section of the trail that is completely washed out on the county border before PEORIA County. This section can be crossed since they're are large enough pipes to walk across. I would not recommend crossing this area to anybody is not comfortable with getting dirty or does not have the capability of climbing a steep hill since you have to be able to carry your bike across. Sadly, there were no signs letting anybody know the bridge was out. Just a barrier among the weeds. Surely, the DNR and local communities must work together to fix this crossing. Once in Princeville, you can visit a small number of local stores to eat or drink (I stopped at CASEY's). Most of the residents are fairly friendly so don't hesitate to ask if you have a question. The last two towns seamlessly transition very well towards the latter stages of the trail with a little more scenery available. Also this section seemed to be a little bit hilly. As such, the last ten miles of the Rock Island Trail were the in the best condition overall but not perfect by any stretch. Overall, I saw a few deer, bluejays, and large amounts of squirrels that seemingly play chicken with riders,and many farmers hustling in their combines. More riders were spotted the closer to Peoria. I encountered well over 30 people. With a needed few improvements to the trail,this can really be something the community can market and build upon attracting more users to the area. Overall, I was cautiously optimistic but left satisfied. I enjoyed the trail but with minor damage in some segments I would give the trail a B-. It's 'in the same condition as the Hennepin Canal Trail in many respects but has much more to offer riders since towns are incorporated into the trail and are only 5 miles apart.

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