Bike Trails --- Pedal the 95th District!

Celebrate Bicycle Safety Month in May by discovering biking trials in Christian, Macoupin, Madison & Montgomery Counties!

 Arches Rail Trail

Just off Route 127, parking and unloading areas for Arches Rail Trail can be found at either end---At the Montgomery County Fairgrounds near Butler or at the Bremer Sanctuary Barn, just north of Hillsboro, IL.


Beaver Dam State Park

You might be able to spy one of the area's white squirrels along the trails at this State Park near Plainview.  There are 8  miles of trails to discover.  Find 750 acres of oak/hickory woodland beauty in Macoupin County, just 7 miles southwest of Carlinville. Fishing, picnicking, hiking, and tent and trailer camping are also popular activities.  MAP 

Benld/Gillespie Trail

"The road less traveled" can be found along the old Illinois Traction System---an electric trolley rail line once known as the Interurban Line. To access the Benld-Gillespie Bike Trail in Benld, take Exit 44 off I-55 and turn west onto State Route 138. Proceed 3.7 miles onto E. Central Avenue in downtown Benld. Turn right onto Trolley Street and continue 3 blocks to Park Avenue. Turn right onto Park Avenue; immediately to the left is parking and access to the southern end of the trail.   MAP
For extra interest: This trail has several Geocache areas.

Bremer Sanctuary Trails

If you love nature, you'll love the Bremer Sanctuary.  Just one mile from the Historic Hillsboro Courthouse, this 203 acres of land is now the home of the Hickory Hills Chapter of the Audubon Society.


Coffeen Lake
Unpaved, timbered trails await the adventurous biker and at Coffeen Lake. In Montgomery County, Coffeen Lake is about 3 miles E/NE of Donnellson, IL and State Highway 127 or about 2 miles west-southwest of Coffeen, IL & State Highway 185.  SITE INFO & MAP

Green Diamond Rail-Trail

The Green Diamond Rail-Trail was the first bicycling/pedestrian trail in Montgomery County. The trail is the first leg of a possible 16 miles of trails that will link Farmersville to Waggoner to Litchfield and beyond. The trail gets its name from the sleek diesel streamliner that ran this Illinois Central Railroad corridor with a daily passenger service between Chicago and St. Louis, from 1936 to 1947.  TRAIL MAP

The paved & proposed ITS Trail, begins in Worden, runs to Staunton, and travels north to the Benld/Gillespie Trail.

Lincoln Prairie Trail

Named for our 16th President, this trail parallels Rt. 29 for most of its stretch, beginning at the west edge of the City of Pana and following Route 29 to Taylorville. It becomes wooded as you approach Bertinettis Lake and Taylorville Lake. Parking is available next to the Taylorville trail end on Paw Paw Street, with a much larger lot at Taylorville Lake, 3 miles south of Taylorville. Mid-trail, you can park on the street in Owaneco. At the southern end of the trail, park is just outside of Pana where CR 12 and SR 29 junction. MAP

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