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Level: Intermediate
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +145/138 ft
Total: 15 riders

Mountain Biking Lake Storey Trail System

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#24 of 126 mountain bike trails in Illinois
#2,438 in the world

Lake Storey Trail System is made up of various single track loops, connected at times by paved bike path or open grass sections. The trails traverse numerous drainages around the lake. They are tight and flowy with various wooden features added to keep things interesting. A large portion of LSTS traverses within feet of the lake edge, providing beautiful views while riding.

The park is open till midnight, so night riding is open all year long. Trials are meticulously maintained by a local group of riders all year long, regardless of season. They are built by mountain bikers, and used by riders and hikers a like. Trails are true single track, and built to be mountain bike trails. You can always bet the trails will be in great shape, and ready to rip! Call the local bike shop, Ride & Run, for trail conditions and any questions you may have. Lastly, as with any trail, don't ride when it's wet!

First added by drewkleine on Mar 16, 2016. Last updated May 4, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Lake Storey Trail System is easily accessed by parking at the dam parking lot. If heading on Interstate 74 towards Galesburg, take US 34 exit west, towards Monmouth. Next, take exit for US 150 west toward Alpha. Heading north, cross over Lake Storey and make a left on North Lake Storey Road. Follow this for approximately 1.5 miles. The road will curve south and go downhill over a creek and back up hill. Dam parking lot is at the top of the hill on your left.
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Trail conditions

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Rider questions

Q: do you access the single track from the paved bike path?
A: Yes the paved path crosses the single track in several places. If parking at the west boat ramp you can jump right on single track

Q: How many miles is the entire Galesburg trail

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  • yeager89

    Trails are very well maintained. Most of the trails dry out quickly due to the hilly terrain. Big thanks to the trail builders. I love having this system three miles from the house.

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  • bikerdad4

    Nice trail. New signs are a plus but still lots of places to get off track completely if you are new. Some lake front trails will disappear due to erosion soon. Shocked at the number of man-made bridges.....I like this trail but if this is a 5 then Kickapoo would be a 10!

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  • UncleMark

    Just an update...we are in the process of taking care of a section we hoped would dry out but has not. It will be a technical rock garden. It will have no go a round so walking may be some less experienced riders option. This trail is a little old school in the idea you will need mountain biking skills not just road riding ones. There are bare logs and a few narrow rooty parts near the water. It still is a beginner trail as the early 90's standards. Nothing very high and no log over 12 inches high.

    We laid out the trail for a normal ride counter clock wise. And for new riders to the trail, parking at the NE corner of the big pavilion (Machin Dr) and riding due west over the grass to the paved path, then a short ride to an entrance, right hand side of the end of the walk way bridge is the best way to start. We are waiting on the city still to make our signs and we hope you will understand that it is easy to miss part with the long grassy sections and paved parts you must ride without any markings. We hope to put up some temporary stakes or flags to help soon. It is a brand new trail so it is still bumpy and raw in spots.

    It is best to roll everything the first time through to make sure you are capable of the air you might get at a fast speed. It is only 5 miles and the second lap is a blast when you know what to expect.
    Also there are a lot of Fishing and older X country running trail we must cross so be patient if you get off on one. The signage with be coming soon.
    Open till midnight for the brave

    Thanks for making a trip to Galesburg

    Uncle Mark (Schroll)

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  • UncleMark

    This may be bias but, I know most riders will enjoy the work we have put into such a small trail. Having been one of the originators of the Farmdale trail in Peoria Illinois and Springlake Trail in Macomb Illinois, I can say that this trail, although a beginner oriented trail has a lot of the flavor of both of them. Expect a few days wait after a rain though. The area is surround by flat land. And we are still in the process of tweaking the wet areas. It is a great night ride and open till midnight. Try the local micro brewer/eats Iron Spike or Baked the best pizza in lower Illinois (only my opinion) and please stop by and thank Drew at Ride and Run for his work out at the lake.

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  • blantonbike

    Awesome trails to ride if you're in the area. Plenty of fast sections and they flow well. Finally good to have some trails to ride in Galesburg!

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  • drewkleine

    Great little trail system, well worth the visit. Easily accessible, flowy, fast, and well built with good use of land typography. Beautiful views of the lake, and fun features to ride. Fast downhill sections with challenging climbs. It is a series of loops that can be connected to form one large loop, or if you like one section, run the same loop over again!

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