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Explore the best rated trails in Centralia, IL. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Arches Rail Trail and MCT Schoolhouse Trail. With more than 17 trails covering 173 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

Recent Trail Reviews

Arches Rail Trail

what a nice easy trail

January, 2023 by annmahoney2014

I walked this trail on a very unusually warm New Year’s day. It was 55°. Perfect for hiking. It was a little muddy, but not bad. It was so nice and peaceful. It is perfect if you are just starting to exercise after a major surgery. Perfectly level.

MCT Goshen Trail

A Fall Morning

October, 2022 by daniel.gimm1

My first time on this trail. The leaves are changing and the view is spectacular!

Rend Lake Bike Trail

Beautiful, well-maintained trail

October, 2022 by ghlord2011

We rode the west/north leg of the trail & it was a beautiful fall ride, with enough gradual hills & curves to keep it interesting. The trail is mostly away from the highway, and connects several beautiful campgrounds, in addition to the Visitor Center and Dam site. An enjoyable ride for two seniors!

Accordion

Saint Clair County Orchard Loop Trail

A Nice Sunday Ride

March, 2022 by yellowplaidknickers

I would definitely do again. Would be fun to do with the family and stop for dinner after!

MetroBikeLink Trail

CX skiing

February, 2022 by whitebear87

With the recent snow, there was enough of it to do some cross country skiing. We started at the Scott/Shiloh Metro station and parking was easy and safe.

Saint Clair County Orchard Loop Trail

pleasant ride

October, 2021 by greywalk

It is a bike and walk trail that has a part on a roadway. Consisting of a few hills it is a nice addition to the MetroLink trail system .

MCT Goshen Trail

ok. Easy 40 mile back and forth.

September, 2021 by jwalkerdesigns

Easy ride. Not too scenic…

Richland Creek Greenway Trail

Trail itself is in good shape, but there are stretches with basically zero signage that made it a frustrating ride for our first time using this trail

June, 2021 by sheenagbowen

Trail itself is in good shape, but there are stretches with basically zero signage that made it a frustrating ride for our first time using this trail

MCT Nickel Plate Trail

short first hike

April, 2021 by rand4

It was an overcast, mid-forties day. Nice to hike if dressed right and bug free is a bonus on colder days. Met a few people using path but think maybe they were mainly locals using it as a means to get from one place to another. Definitely plan to do the whole length, by foot and bike.

MCT Ronald J. Foster Heritage Trail

MCT trails = 130+ miles of mostly paved rail trails.

February, 2021 by dunhame

MCT trails = 130+ miles of mostly paved rail trails.

MCT Nickel Plate Trail

Late December

December, 2020 by doug91190

Went for a ride yesterday during unusually warm December weather. Started off at Glen Carbon Park & Ride and rode 26 miles total to Hoxey Dr there and back. Started off with nice urban views on a well paved trail. Then a sharp transition into smooth gravel and rural farmland. Beautiful views of IL farmland for the rest of the way, crossing some wooden bridges over scenic streams. 5/5. Will plan to do the full trail eventually.

MCT Goshen Trail

My favorite trail!

September, 2020 by mundobonito1

I love riding this trail and the whole MCT system. Goshen is beautiful, interesting, and a perfect way to spend the day. Make sure you grab a map at the trailhead or keep one on your phone because none of their trails are marked well. Pay attention to forks in the road so you know which one to take to get back (or just do one of the seven loops). Trails are flat and fun. I’ve ridden during the week and on the weekend, and while the weekend was more crowded, there are so many trails so spread out that I never had a problem. Really fantastic ride!

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