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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 oil and chip throughout.
The two northernmost loops go through dense forest with plenty of short, steep hills, and tight curves. All this moderates a bit in the mid-section between the two trailheads. And the trail south is much more open and flat, with grand panoramic vistas of the lake and dam. Along the trail south there are also very nice parks and lake facilities. After the trail crosses the dam and passes the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center, it makes a meandering descent to the Kaskaskia River below, then climbs back to end at the historic courthouse in Shelbyville.
The largest parking lot is at the east end of Ninth Street in the Dam West Recreational Area. From State Route 128, turn east onto 6th Street, turn north onto Morgan Street, turn back east onto 9th Street, and proceed to the trailhead at the northwest corner of the large parking area. From SR 16, turn north onto Morgan Street and proceed to parking in the same way.
A smaller lot is available by the trailhead on the north side of Forest Park, just behind the Scout Cabin; and there are four more lots along the roadway south to the dam and the parkway beyond.
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