Illiniwek Forest Preserve

4.54 out of 5
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↑ 4,200 ft
↓ 3,200 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
Smooth flowing singletrack with plenty of sustained climbs and descents. A few features scattered through the trails such as wooden & dirt berms, rock armoring, boardwalks, rollers, log rides, and log overs. The North Loop trails pass through a scenic overlook of the Mississippi River Valley and Lock and Dam 14. Large kiosk maps at trailhead and pedestal maps at major trail intersections. Trails are directional and marked with colored blazes/arrows (Pink: M,W,F, Su, Blue: Tu, Th, Sa). New for 2018, trails are open until 10:00pm for night riding. Visit for the most up to date trail conditions. Trails dry quickly and usually open 24-48 hrs after significant rain in warmer months.

Camping is available just across highway IL-84. Bikepath through campground connects to four other mountain bike trail systems (Dorrance, Sylvan Island, Stephens Park, Sunderbruch). Drinking water and public restroom located in campground; Portajohn at the trailhead.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
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Q: Hours -Guest

A: Trails are open dawn to dusk unless closed because of muddy conditions. Trail conditions are regularly updated on an app on the FORC homepage (

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Reviews (14)


August 21, 2018
Vamootsman Gramcounter  
Review: Well groomed small singletack system. Very smoothe. Beginner friendly, but challenging to ride fast also. Great use of the terrain make for some decent elevation changes and swoopy flowing sections.


February 10, 2017
mongwolf Epic  
Review: Wow, this place looks like it's full of flowy fun. Can anyone comment on how well it drains and dries out after rain? Also what is the soil type? If I ever ride this trail, it will be in passing on a trip back east. I just want to be able to plan it in or not based on weather reports. Thanks for any insights and guidance.

Granny Gear

November 11, 2016
Review: Love this trail, especially with the improvements they have made over the last few years. Smooth and gentle for beginners, fast and flowy for pros, especially on the two downhill sections.

Bunny Hop

September 30, 2016
Review: Nice trails. Short, but easily looped. Nothing real technical, but the trail has good flow.

May 4, 2016
Review: These are the best biking trails in all of Illinois!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Similar Trail: Kickapoo


January 25, 2016
Review: When you get to the top, you'll appreciate the ride down and will have a smile on your face until the next day.

Granny Gear

October 19, 2015
Review: Great smooth flow. This trail can be really fast. The 3 bent wood berms are super smooth and fun to ride you can really lean into them. The trail was very well groomed with great features. Its a work or art. The track has some really long downhill sections. Overall really fun to ride. Can't wait to spend more time on it.


June 29, 2015
BW_GT Gramcounter  
Review: Very nice, clean and flowy trails. If you're an advance rider looking for thrills, this place might not be the one for you. Great for beginners for moderate climbs and flowing downhills with minimal roots/rocks to go over on. The trail is clean, with minimal overgrowth and managed well.


May 9, 2015
DH001 Gramcounter  
Review: Trails at Illiniwek are fast and flowy with the longest sustained climbs and descents in the QC area. Lots of berms, a few challenging TTFs, and three newly built wooden berms featuring curved decking planks. Great overlook of the Mississippi River on the north loop. All set in a mature hardwood forest with large oak trees and native plants not seen at other local parks. One of the area's natural treasures.

Similar Trail: Scott County Park, Sunderbruch Park, Westbrook Park


August 3, 2013
bheinz Poseur  
Review: Fun trail. Climbs are long but are worth the sweat once you start the decent. Great for bombing back down. Trail is in good shape. Pretty smooth and flows fairly well. Some improvements this year (2013) over last.

Illiniwek Forest Preserve MTB Trail 4.54 out of 5 based on 14 ratings. 14 user reviews.
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