3.40 out of 5
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↑ 400 ft
↓ 600 ft
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Trail Description
About this trail
The folks at BikeIV (Bike Illinois Valley) have done a great job building these trails. There is some smooth singletrack and some amazing elevation changes and beautiful views of the river. Some nice roots and rocks throughout the system.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (8 total check-ins)
  triton189   on Mar 27, 2019
  Mitch Dohman   on Nov 11, 2017
  steviedrew 1967   on Oct 8, 2016
  Bubblehead10MM   on Oct 4, 2016
  steviedrew 1967   on Nov 15, 2015
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Reviews (5)

Granny Gear

March 20, 2016
jbclarke5 Granny Gear  
Review: A great morning ride. Trails to river bottom were closed.

Bunny Hop

June 19, 2014
Diverguy27 Bunny Hop  
Review: Rode today was wet in some areas but I figured that from the rain early in the afternoon. A lot of the trails away from the river area are beginning to get overgrown with grass, weeds(watch out for the itch weed and pricker bushes) and some small tree limbs with foliage are hanging into the trail. Other than that it's still a good ride.

Granny Gear

September 12, 2013
bman7785 Granny Gear  
Review: Scoured entire area it's in pretty good shape some nice logs roots and rock beds even found a few skinnys. All in all a good place to ride. Has switchbacks and elevation changes some downhill stuff and some more technical areas. Only bad parts are the trails aren't marked very well but the area isn't that vast. The thing that really sucks is the horseback riders you share the area with if you go on the weekend expect to see them though if you can get there during the week it will be pretty dead and you can really ride fast

Granny Gear

June 28, 2013
Review: There was some decent singletrack if you can find it. However, the majority of the trail system is a muddy rut through a mowed path in a prarie. Also, the system was really convoluted, the intersections were really close together, it had almost no waypoint markers, and had lots of unofficial trails branching off. These factors together made navigation extremely slow and frustrating. Add to that the fact that all of the trails are popular with equestrians and you can understand why I only gave this place two stars. However, with a little time you could probably figure out a really fun loop of about 3-4 miles that would be worth stopping for when passing through. I will probably do so now that I'm going to be passing through regularly.

There is a race held here, a map of which can be found at This is probably more useful than the system map as the race appears to use most of the better trails and avoids the "prarie trail".

Bunny Hop

August 1, 2012
Diverguy27 Bunny Hop  
Review: Seemed like some pretty good trails. Some nice ups and downs with tight turns. Didnt get to ride very long i popped two tires and didnt have two extra inner tubes. Looked like the park recently mowed some thorn trees down which i managed to pop tires on

Matthiessen MTB Trail 3.40 out of 5 based on 5 ratings. 5 user reviews.
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