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Level: Intermediate
Length: 18 mi (29 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +250/ -166 ft
Total: 150 riders

Mountain Biking Farmdale Reservoir Recreation Area

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#4 of 127 mountain bike trails in Illinois
#307 in the world

There's everything from open fire roads to tight technical singletrack to man made obstacles and stunts. This place rocks. Other trails in this area that are must rides are Independence Park in Marquette Heights and Dirksen Park in Pekin. Jubilee State Park is also worth a visit.   Trails open Sunrise until 8:00 pm daily.  All trails closed during and for 24 hours after any rainfall.  Trails closed if there is a lake behind the dam.

First added by alvin.santoy on May 17, 2004. Last updated Nov 30, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: no
  • Lift service: no
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: yes
  • Restrooms: no
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: no
  • Fee required: no
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Getting there
To park: Take East Washington St. through East Peoria, turn Right at the CVS pharmacy and McDonald's. Follow signs to park. Park in large lot by the information kiosk. Trails: Go either way out of the parking lot and follow the trails. There is an entire system. Best to go to www.pambamtb.org and download a map of the park.
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  • cyclingpanther

    I was traveling for a conference and brought my bike because I researched trails in the Peoria area. Farmdale was the first pick and I enjoyed 4 hours riding the trails. I think I hit all trails and many roads multiple times. There are trails for every ability. Schrolls trail was the most technical and fun with some nice obstacles. I stop counting the number of creek crossings. All where maneageable. You won't be disappointed with these trails.

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  • ridemx129

    I'm so glad I checked these trails out while I'm here for work. I will for sure be back.

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  • davver

    This is a fun ride. There is a good variety of terrain and a nice mix of beginner and intermediate single track with go around options. No Trail Fee! Bugs were not bad at all on a hot and muggy day. There are a number of stream crossings which make the ride fun also. The trails are marked well to let you know that you are on the trail, but there are no maps on the trail to let you know where you are on the trail. Print a map and bring it with you. The ride will be much more enjoyable with a map. I would have rated this trail a 5 if there were maps on the course. Oh, and the large piles of horse manure that littered the trail in various spots.

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  • *****

    Great course for all skill levels!

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  • Hoyt13

    Awesome place to ride, jump, and work on your skills!

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  • bishopdo

    One of the best of trails in the area. Schrolls is technical and fun. "Mike & Dons" and "Creek Side" are more flowing. There are a couple of short downhill sections that are part of the race series. Overall great variety.

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  • JayReav1

    My favorite place to ride. Plenty of miles of trails. It has everything from smooth rolling hills to intense downhills. Great place to ride if you are in the area.

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  • bman7785

    This is an excellent place to ride in Illinois it has miles of single track that ranges from flowing fast smooth easy to intermediate skill with some small jumps and log rolls along the way. Also some decent climbs and decends and lots of switch backs in some areas. There are also some difficult sections to the trail schrolls is awesome also in the area on the map called playground there is sweet downhill called knock knock that I would recommend and last but not least to the left of the parking lot there is a jump line as well as four skinnys and three drops though the last I was there the highest drop was out of order. All in all if your in Illinois it's worth stopping. I've been going as much as twice a week since I first went and I live an hour and a half away.

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  • bman7785

    Fantastic place to ride has a little bit of everything but mostly nice maintained single track but there are definetly challenges too. TNT whistler and scrolls where must ride trails and the downhill course is on top of blue chevy hill and the mtx (which is more like a spot to practice drops and a jump line with two skinnys) is right by the parking lot if your facing the park it's to the left and you can't miss it

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  • tdog70

    Had a lot of fun trail was pretty wet when we rode it. Good trail to ride when visiting the area.

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  • M1light

    Great place to practice switchbacks and uphill climbs. There are sections for beginners up to more advanced bikers.

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  • epic.biker

    This is a great single track mountain bike course. It has a little bit of everything. I live in the area and ride at Farmdale about twice a week. The trail Schrolls is a must ride.* Review edited 10/4/2011

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  • bustinp

    When I have time to drive to East Peoria, this is where I go riding. The trails are maintained by PAMBA and they do a great job! It is a more XC type trail but if you want other challenges you can find them. Be prepared to get your feet wet!!

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  • RoadWarrior

    Great network of trails. They've managed to squeeze a little of everything in here, even a few jump lines. Lots of flowey single track. The multi use trails are fun, but the bikes only trails are a blast. If it weren't for the horse's I'd rate it a 5.

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  • matsch

    Farmdale is a great set of trails. Plenty of routes for beginners and it will keep advanced riders entertained as well. Very well maintained.

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  • scimitar

    This course is very fast and very fun. Their downhill, MTX, and XC events are well put together and involve great people. If you'd like to take a look at footage of the MTX and Downhill courses check www.sicklines.com under the courses section. There are full first person views as well as video of riders bombing the courses.

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  • mccombat

    Easily my favorite trail, huge loops of winding singletrack make long rides a blast and enough variety to satisfy every taste. For a good loop take a right out of the parking lot, cross the damn to Schroll's and take the big loop around.

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  • Adamantium

    Farmdale it has it all downhill, cross country, north shore, and even a mountain cross course. this is a great place to spend a weekend. also one of the homes to the I-74 homegrown race series. go to www.pambamtb.com for maps and other great stuff

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  • wielywilly-g

    This trail system has downhill, mountain-cross, north shore and sweet single track. Need I say more... Awesome for Illinois.

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