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Level: Intermediate
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +1,265/ -990 ft
Total: 51 riders

Mountain Biking Illiniwek Forest Preserve

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#15 of 128 mountain bike trails in Illinois
#1,407 in the world

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.

First added by Jared13 on Sep 29, 2012. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Coming from I-80 in the Quad Cities, take exit 1 and turn onto IL-84 S. The entrance will be about 2 miles down the road on your left. It's across from an RV Park. Pull into the driveway of the park and turn to the left to park in the north parking lot. The trails start right there.

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Q: Hours
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 (