Decatur, IL Running Trails and Maps

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Length
Surfaces
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Bunn to Lost Bridge Trail

1.5 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Concrete

Conservation District Trail

2.3 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Constitution Trail

43 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Concrete

Fairview Park Trail

1.7 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

General Dacey Trail

6 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Green Diamond Rail-Trail

4.3 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Greenbelt Bikeway

1.7 mi
State: IL
Concrete

Harold E. Ruppel Bike Path

1.8 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Interurban Trail (IL)

8.4 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Kickapoo Rail Trail

6.7 mi
State: IL
Crushed Stone

Kiwanis Park/West Side Trail

1.5 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Lake of the Woods Path

3.3 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Leland Grove Trail

0.8 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Lincoln Park Trail

0.9 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail

12.9 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Lincoln Prairie Trail

14.6 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Lost Bridge Trail

5.6 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Mahomet Village Bike Trail

4 mi
State: IL
Concrete

O'Malley's Alley Trail

0.5 mi
State: IL
Concrete
Accordion

Sangamon River Trail

1.2 mi
State: IL
Concrete, Gravel

Sangamon Valley Trail

11.5 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Stevens Creek Bikeway

4 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Towanda Route 66 Parkway

7 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Wabash Trail

2.1 mi
State: IL
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
This trail is an extension of the Lost Bridge Trail that goes from Springfield to Rochester. From its western terminus, the first half mile is a heavily wooded section of urban rail-trail. It has a...
IL 1.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
North of the Sangamon River crossing, the Conservation District Trail closely follows Stevens Creek through a flat and dense wetlands forest on the west end of Decatur. South of the river, the trail...
IL 2.3 mi Asphalt
The sprawling Constitution Trail covers nearly 42 miles throughout the Bloomington-Normal area. The trail was officially named and dedicated in 1987 in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the...
IL 43 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Monticello is a small, central Illinois town steeped in a railroad history it still celebrates. Its Chamber of Commerce has offices and special activities in the historic downtown Train Depot. And it...
IL 1 mi Asphalt
The Fairview Park Trail, in western Decatur, traverses the large and beautiful Fairview Park and connects (via roadway) to the park's various attractions: an aquatic center, lake, gardens, pavilions,...
IL 1.7 mi 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...
IL 6 mi 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...
IL 4.3 mi Asphalt
The backbone of the Greenbelt Bikeway runs north–south along Copper Slough, passing through two large city parks divided by W. Bradley Avenue. In Dodds Park to the north, there is a spur west through...
IL 1.7 mi Concrete
The Harold E. Ruppel sits in a perfect location to provide opportunities for outdoor recreation and non-motorized transportation for residents of Savoy Village, in the Champaign-Urbana metro area. It...
IL 1.8 mi Asphalt
The paved Interurban Trail provides 8.4 miles of suburban and rural scenery for users between Chatham and Springfield. It follows the former route of the electrified Illinois Terminal Railroad...
IL 8.4 mi Asphalt
The first 6.7-mile section of the Kickapoo Rail Trail in eastern Illinois opened in August 2017. Paralleling U.S. 150, the Champaign County rail-trail runs from Urbana east to St. Joseph along the...
IL 6.7 mi Crushed Stone
Except for short-distance walkers, the principal attraction of the Kiwanis Park/West Side Trail is its connection to the other parts of Decatur's trail system. From its western terminus, one can...
IL 1.5 mi Asphalt
This trail through the Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve shows off Central Illinois' great natural beauty. Starting from the west, the trail meanders through a wonderfully restored prairie. It passes...
IL 3.3 mi Asphalt
At just under a mile in length, Leland Grove's trail is the kind of space people go to for a quick workout or simply a breath of fresh air. The tree-lined trail parallels Outer Park Drive from Bates...
IL 0.8 mi Asphalt
The Lincoln Park Trail runs along the wooded north banks of the Sangamon River. It's mostly flat with a few low hills. Visible from the trail are Decatur's Lincoln Park, some classic old neighborhoods...
IL 0.9 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
While you’re in the land of Lincoln, visit the Lincoln Prairie Trail to make the trip complete. Starting at the trailhead in northwest Pana, leisurely stroll along a paved trail that is nicely...
IL 14.6 mi Asphalt
The Lost Bridge Trail, jointly managed by the Springfield Park District and the village of Rochester, is one of the area's earliest and most popular multiuse trails-even for locals taking a weekday...
IL 5.6 mi Asphalt
The Mahomet Village Bike Trail is a safe, paved route that connects all the major parts of the village. On the north, there are the various and popular facilities of the Lake of the Woods Forest...
IL 4 mi Concrete
O'Malley's Alley is a paved, half-mile trail through a residential area south of Kaufman Lake on the western end of Champaign. On Kenwood Road (at the eastern end of the trail), you can head south on...
IL 0.5 mi Concrete
Accordion
Monticello is a small, central Illinois town steeped in a railroad history it still celebrates. Its Chamber of Commerce has offices and special activities in the historical downtown train depot. And...
IL 1.2 mi Concrete, Gravel
The first 5.5-mile segment of the 38-mile Sangamon Valley Trail opened in summer 2011 and runs between Centennial Park and Stuart Park in Springfield. In 2017, a 6-mile extension was opened between...
IL 11.5 mi Asphalt
The Stevens Creek Bikeway follows a scenic stream for 4 miles through neighborhoods and woodlands, connecting two parks (one at each end of the trail) on the western side of Decatur in central...
IL 4 mi Asphalt
The Towanda Route 66 Parkway is the longest and most developed of the Route 66 trails in northeast McLean County. Its centerpiece is the well-appointed, community-sponsored linear parkway within the...
IL 7 mi Asphalt
The Wabash Trail is the epitome of an urban rail-trail link. It's straight and flat. It has bridges over its only intersecting roadways. Just keep moving and enjoy. The trail connects city...
IL 2.1 mi Asphalt

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Recent Trail Reviews

Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail

deversole

June, 2020 by deversole

This trail has been greatly improved and is now asphalt from Mattoon to Charleston.

General Dacey Trail

Very enjoyable ride

June, 2020 by gary.heissler

Overall, trail was great! There are a few spots where some of the gravel was deeper and more difficult to navigate but our hybrid bikes handled this okay. The area around the trail was very well maintained and is in a very beautiful area along lake Shelbyville. We grabbed breakfast in town before our ride but would recommend parking at the visitors center (near the dam) to begin your ride. The trail is not marked in town.

Lincoln Prairie Trail

Good trail but disappointed by bridge closure

June, 2020 by gary.heissler

We started our ride at the Pana end of the trail with plans to have lunch in Taylorville. The trail was an easy, flat ride with short sections of bumpy trail but our hybrid bikes handled this well. Near Taylorville there was a lot of debris (branches/leaves) on the trail including a fallen tree. Despite being able to get around that, we ran into the bridge closure that prevented us from grabbing lunch in Taylorville. Very disappointing!

Accordion

Sangamon Valley Trail

Sangamon Valley Trail or SVT

June, 2020 by eld3bik77

Very nice paved 12 mile trail from Centennial Park to Irwin bridge road the SVT has a lot of tree coverage. Has limited parking so but several access points. The trail highlight is the bridge that crosses Sangamon River which a young Abraham Lincoln navigated. You can ride on the road 2 miles to Athens,Il on the northern end of the trail.

Sangamon Valley Trail

Sangamon Valley Trail or SVT

June, 2020 by eld3bik77

Very nice paved 12 mile trail from Centennial Park to Irwin bridge road the SVT has a lot of tree coverage. Has limited parking so but several access points. The trail highlight is the bridge that crosses Sangamon River which a young Abraham Lincoln navigated. You can ride on the road 2 miles to Athens,Il on the northern end of the trail.

Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail

Disappointed

May, 2020 by melvinadrian55

The trail was rough and not really suited for road bikes. Where they patched it with ground up asphalt is very rough and not packed well and sucks you’re tires and pulls you.

Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail

Lincoln prairie grass trail

May, 2020 by melvinadrian55

The trail from Mattoon to a trucking company looks good but from the trucking company toward Charleston which is where we started the trail was not good for road bikes. They have used what appears to be recycled asphalt and it is rough and not packed down well.

Constitution Trail

Great family ride

May, 2020 by c_risser

We rode the SW section last weekend and the family really enjoyed it. We found great parking and a spot to eat before we rode the 5 miles into town and back out. The surface was well maintained. The scenery was great. It was a nice quiet ride and we stopped to take a lot of pictures.

O'Malley's Alley Trail

A waste of time . It is also not the safest area in Champaign

October, 2019 by windo6700

A waste of time . It is also not the safest area in Champaign

Harold E. Ruppel Bike Path

Nice, well marked, smooth trail

August, 2019 by tylerbrandi

Parked at the Savoy rec center and rode North. The North side had road construction going on so was closed. Hopefully it’ll be open by this fall. We loved this trail and just wished it was longer. They could extend it a couple more miles to the South.

Lake of the Woods Path

A nice trail with a rare loop.

August, 2019 by estimatehub

We parked at the Buffalo Trace parking lot just north of I-74 on Route 47. Direct trail access at this point. We rode it west to the end, which is about a mile through beautiful prairie. (There is parking at the west end also.)
Then we returned and rode it all the way to the east end, which pops you out into a residential neighborhood. (It's only 3.3 miles total.)
But the real beauty of this trail is that at about the midpoint it connects seamlessly with the Mahomet city trail in the woods at the golf course. From there you can ride south and end up in Mahomet at Route 47 and then ride north up the east shoulder back to the Buffalo Trace parking lot. The Route 47 shoulder is a full car width , paved and perfectly safe. So, you can ride a complete loop back to your car. Nice!
A really nice, fully paved circuit through prairie, forest and town.

Kickapoo Rail Trail

Nice and easy ride

August, 2019 by estimatehub

Trail is in great condition. Paved at all the grade crossings.
The Walmart parking lot at the west end is a great place to start and finish.
The little downtown in St. Joseph has a cafe with specialty coffee's, sandwiches and ice cream.
You can ride into Urbana from the Walmart to the west on Main Street. It is clearly marked with a dedicated bike lane, and where the lane doesn't exist there are signs that say "Bikes can take the entire lane".
Overall, a very safe and well designed trail.

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