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Effingham TREC

3 mi
State: IL
Concrete

General Dacey Trail

6 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail

12.9 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Lincoln Prairie Trail

14.8 mi
State: IL
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
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...
IL 3 mi Concrete
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...
IL 6 mi Asphalt
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...
IL 12.9 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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...
IL 14.8 mi Asphalt

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Lincoln Prairie Trail

IL - 14.8 miles

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...

Effingham TREC

IL - 3 miles

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...

Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail

IL - 12.9 miles

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...

General Dacey Trail

IL - 6 miles

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...

Lincoln Prairie Trail

IL - 14.8 miles

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...

General Dacey Trail

IL - 6 miles

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...

Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail

IL - 12.9 miles

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...

Effingham TREC

IL - 3 miles

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...

Lincoln Prairie Trail

IL - 14.8 miles

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...

Effingham TREC

IL - 3 miles

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...

General Dacey Trail

IL - 6 miles

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...

Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail

IL - 12.9 miles

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...

Recent Trail Reviews

Lincoln Prairie Trail

Good trail that no one seems to know about.

October, 2016 by chubbycheeks

My husband and I rode 12 miles on this trail yesterday after not riding it for a year. We started in Pana at the parking lot. We ran out of daylight, otherwise we would have put on more miles. The cracks in the asphalt were patched. The weeds needed cutting from Pana to Millersville. Someone cut the weeds in Millersville. Someone cleared the area around most of the benches, and the benches themselves were in good shape. One of the bridges needs work, but is easily crossed. This trail is so much better than half a dozen other trails in Illinois, and yet we saw no one one it at a time of day (after work and school for many) when other trails begin to get crowded. We kicked the walnuts off the trail, and moved some dead branched. It is good to go.

Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail

Much improved

August, 2016 by bristol1031

I first rode this trail several years ago and was not impressed: the surface was full of washouts and 4 wheeler ruts. However it now seems to be better maintained. The easternmost section is the best, a narrow corridor with lots of wildflowers and birds. As you get closer to Mattoon the trail opens up and there is no protection from the sun and wind. For a nice bit of shade take the spur into the Douglas Hart Nature Center.

Lincoln Prairie Trail

Nice Little Trail

June, 2016 by jackkneal

I rode this trail yesterday beginning at the parking lot outside Pana and heading to Taylorville. It was quite enjoyable. Obviously it's an older asphalt trail that suffers from some pretty large cracks along the way. Those jolted me more than once. But I'd certainly ride it again.

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Lincoln Prairie Trail

Ride the (T)Rails #6

June, 2016 by dazziler

This is a great trail.

We took the advice from other reviewers and started near the Lake in Taylorville as we passed the bridge that was closed.

This is a awesome trail. Fairly flat and easy to ride. We passed a few people also enjoying the path. It's well maintained. Lovely scenery, peaceful and quiet. (at least the day we was on it)

Highly recommended.

Lincoln Prairie Trail

strange ride

June, 2016 by kipsmith57@yahoo.com

This is a unique bike trail whigh is good and bad. First I rode from Taylorville Lake to the parking lot near Pana and back...24 plus miles. During the whole time I only saw 4 bikers and 1 walker. This is the good part because I am used to crowded bike paths. and since I like to ride sort of fast (17 mph max) I didn't have to be concerned for others. The lack of others is a good thing since some parts of the trail were not wide enough to pass others due to weeds and tree limbs on the sides and weeds growing up in the middle of the trail. Some weeds were mid wheel height. Another reason it is good that I did not need to be concerned with others is that I needed to be concerned about ridges and holes on the trail surface. Thank you to those who took time and painted the worst of these areas so I could avoid them. I want to say thank you and bless you to the people who take care of the trail. One section was mowed on both sides. I am sure these are acts of kindness by volunteers. Also the bridge between Taylorville and Taylorville Lake has been closed so park at the lake to head south to Pana.One last thank you to those who took time to plan and build this trail. It is just too bad that no one is responsible for maintaining it.

Lincoln Prairie Trail

April, 2016 by negangardo

Lincoln Prairie Trail

Nice Ride

April, 2016 by jmcross58

my only real complaint is that I started at the trailhead in Taylorville and rode a half mile only to discover that a section of the trailer been closed. I loaded my bike back up and drove out to Taylorville Lake and parked there and rode the trail 6 miles and then came back. it has a few service issues due to the age of the blacktop but I've ridden much worse.

Lincoln Prairie Trail

Wonderful Weekend Ride

August, 2015 by tookeymonster

My girlfriend and I drove thirty minutes down from Springfield. We started in Taylorville and rode to Paw Paw. They trail was empty. It was nice cause we could really cruise without having to worry about running into families out for a walk. Make sure to pack a snack if you're going both ways.

Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail

Always enjoy this trail

August, 2015 by gabo_gabo_gabo

This is one of my favorite trails. Good parking is available. The trail is not very curvy. It's somewhat hilly, but do-able. The trail near the end in Charleston is very peaceful. Downtown Charleston is only a couple blocks away too, plenty of food & drink.

Effingham TREC

Accident waiting to happen

June, 2015 by boblobblaw

Not a good bike ride on this "bike trail". Steep hills and great curves, cool bridges but sooner or later there will be some bad accidents. Hikers walk 4 abreast and block your path and don't pay attention. With the steep hills it's hard to not ride with some speed yet you're generally forced to ride your brakes nearly everywhere or face the possibility of hitting a sleepwalker. They should just relabel it a "hiking trail". Maybe someday the county will have something for bikers but until then it's country roads dodging texting drivers, loose dogs, and rednecks who think it's funny to throw stuff out the window at you and aim their trucks at you. Ride on!

Lincoln Prairie Trail

Would Ride Again

May, 2014 by bradwallace

On 5-3-14 My Son had to take a State Of Illinois Firearm Training class. Before we drove up to Taylorville, I researched the area for PAVED trails. I was Pleased to find a paved trail up that way. After reviewing some of the posts I read on this site, I was concerned about the condition of the pavement. I am from Madison County, IL & we have very well maintained paved trails.

I ride a road bike with 23mm tires. Yes, there was some debris from trees, and yes, I noticed "spray painted" warnings defining defective pavement. (only south of Owaneco)
BUT this did not bother me. From Taylorville to Pana, I ripped down the pavement over 20 MPH. Anyone who complains about the condition of this trail should stay home & watch Oprah...

Owaneco is a very small town, Easy to ride through. I stopped at a wine & ale establishment called "The Angry Kitty" The owner was nice & filled up my H2O bottle with water & ice. Don't get too excited, Owaneco is not a town you'd find on the KATY Trail...

South of Owaneco is a small place called Millersville, the pavement stops for a very short distance, there is a gravel stretch that may concern you if you road bike. But I never got a flat. The local road bikers were ripping though the gravel fast... I'm just not used to doing that... I hate 23mm tires & gravel...

Per my Garmin, from Taylorville to Pana & back was 29.1 miles. I found South of Owaneco to Pana boring & not the most exciting part of the ride. That said, if your wanting a shorter ride, do Taylorville to Owaneco & back.

Parking was OK in Taylorville, But much better in Pana. I parked in Taylorville, my truck was fine once I arrived back.

The trail descends from Taylorville to Pana. From Pana to Taylorville my speed dropped.

All in all it was a great ride. Thanks to whom ever was responsible for the construction of this trail.

If I am ever in the area again, I will ride this trail, there is Nothing wrong with it.

Check out my pictures...

Brad Wallace
Edwardsville, IL

Lincoln Prairie Trail

Great Local Resource

July, 2013 by treker7200

I started riding a little over a year ago and having this wonderful trail less than a mile from my back door is certainly a big plus. I have logged over 3,000 miles on it. Most of the first five miles (from Taylorville)is heavily wooded, followed by a one mile stretch having a total of one large tree, then back into the woods for 3/4 mile and into Owaneco. From there to Millersville (2-3 miles)it's intermittent woods and open areas. The pavement ends for +/- 250 yards and then there's wide, smooth concrete through the rest of Millersville. If you like to go fast, this is your best opportunity on the trail as there's a +/- 20 foot drop from the township road intersection to the South end of the FS plant. I've attained nearly 30mph there on my hybrid(with a tailwind), so you "roadies" could likely go pretty fast. Be careful, though; there's a jog to the right at the bottom and then the trail regains most of that "altitude" in less than 100 yards. From there, there are gradual ups and downs, and rotating woods and open areas for about 4 3/4 miles to the Pana trailhead. The amazing thing about this trail is that, at least for me, no two rides have ever been the same. Varying weather conditions and wildlife around the trail make it a new adventure every time. If you're in the area, you're missing a great ride if you don't try the Lincoln Prairie Trail.

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