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The Madison County Transit (MCT) Goshen Trail is a namesake of the old Goshen Road that was built in 1808 to supply salt to the first permanent settlers of Madison County. The modern bike trail crosses the old road in one place, as does the Glen Carbon Heritage Bike Trail. The original Goshen Settlement was at Bluff Road in Glen Carbon, where the MCT Nickel Plate Trail descends from the bluffs to the American Bottom.
The MCT Goshen Trail forms the north-south backbone of the Madison County trail system and it meets or intersects five other trails in the network: the MCT Schoolhouse Trail, MCT Ronald J. Foster Heritage Trail, MCT Nickel Plate Trail, MCT Nature Trail and MCT Watershed Trail. It is also part of all seven of the popular trail system loops that range from 10 to over 30 miles. Troy, Maryville, Glen Carbon, Edwardsville—they all lie along its path. A southern extension brings the trail to O'Fallon Township in neighboring St. Clair County.
Traveling through the former Illinois Belt Line rail corridor, the rail-trail offers a good mix of sights to enjoy along the way. Farmland and cityscapes, bridges and tunnels, parks and neighborhoods, tree cover and open spaces.
Parking is available from several points along the trail. Starting from the northern end, travelers can park at the Wanda Park & Ride (4850 Russell Drive, Roxana); mid-trail at Old Troy Road and Route 162 in Troy; and, at the southern end of the trail, at the MCT Goshen Trailhead (308 Kyle Road, O’Fallon).
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