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Level: Beginner
Length: 4 mi (6.4 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Lariat
Elevation: +0/ -106 ft
Total: 15 riders

Mountain Biking New Salem

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#49 of 127 mountain bike trails in Illinois
#4,783 in the world

Designed by Tim Guinan and built in the summer of 2009 by seasonal workers, the 3.8-mile single-track trail is challenging, scenic and physically demanding. There are some very steep climbs, and you’ll get dirty.

The trail begins on a low grade, winding through autumn olive shrubs and a shady, hardwood forest canopy that provides food and cover for wildlife and at one point skirts the Sangamon River. There are sharp elevations and descents and two stream crossings along the way.

First added by ecruz1505 on Jul 15, 2012. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
The trailhead is on Coal Mine Road between Pritchetville Road and Boy Scout Trail on the east side of Illinois 97, across from the entrance to New Salem.

Coming from Springfield, make a right into Pritchetville Road (across from the
entrance to New Salem park). Veer right pass the parking lot. Make a right onto Coal Mine Road.
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  • Jimmy181

    This trail seemed to be freshly cleared/mowed. Nice open trail system with some tight technical areas and some major climbs! I think the more use this trail gets the better it will get. I will definitely go back as it is only 20 minutes from my house.

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  • Jimmy181

    Trail appears to have just been mowed! Fun trail big climbs. I look forward to going back!

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  • Eric Peden

    This trail has been cleared nice but I think it was built for billy goats! Might just be me but too many steep hills for my taste.

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  • epic.biker

    Be ready for hill climbs. The trail has good potential but is really in need of some tree and brush clearing maintenance. Wasn't able to go more than 1/3 mile without having to stop to crawl under overgrown shrubs or over fallen trees. Would have been 4 stars if the brush trees had been trimmed.

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  • ecruz1505

    This trail takes a lot of physical endurance. I can guarantee you will have to walk you bike up a hill at some stage. It seemed to me like this trail has low very low traffic based on the tall on-path vegetation and the number of spider webs I went through! Bug repellent is essential on this trail.

    This trail is lots of fun! I totally recommend it!

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