Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in Illinois with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I only rate this as a moderate hike because of the distance. It is a very easy hike. The western side is the best part of the hike. I would hike counterclockwise to save the best for last. several backpack camps all with fire rings and tables. trail is easy to follow if you use their map.

We do this walk a lot with our dog. We like it.

My favorite for my skill level.

Awesome trail to hike on a lazy day

Beautiful day for a hike yesterday. First time at the Park. Trails are in great shape. Hiked 3.5 miles.

Great trails and all gravel which was nice; however, I went after snow melted and it rained a couple days before and Salt Creek has flooded on some of the trail. Makes for a muddy hike, but not too terrible! Very active on a Monday with families with scrollers and a couple runners. The Mill was closed due to the time of year but hope to come back during the summer months to check it out.

mountain biking
13 days ago

Fun trails

great place

I live only 3 miles away from this place, but hike there 2-5 times a week depending on the season. I never get tired of this spot. It is so inspiring! Great for kids as well.

The bridge is now open.

road biking
18 days ago

Nice hike, rode bikes around lake on the roads also. Launched kayaks and paddled around the lake too. Camped at campground

peaceful walk and nicely maintained trail but in the winter there isn't much to look at besides mcmansions.

21 days ago

Visited this trail on a nice Sunday morning. Trail was nicely marked and cleared. Gave 3 stars because we weren't able to find the rock structures and there were constant gun shots towards where the rocks were so we turned around and left.

21 days ago

Nice trail. Not well marked, but still easy to follow.

nice for as close to town as it is, easy to get to and not a bad hike unless the ground is soggy

Found a great cave on this trail

horseback riding
1 month ago

Horses are not allowed on the trail around the lake at Rock Cut State park. They are only allowed on the Equestrian trail on the North side of the park.

These trails are easily accessible and well maintained but do not have any views of the lake.

1 month ago

it is a lovely place with wonderful views i give it the 4star for the average person a 3.5star for the more fit person would not recomend rainy season just cause of the valley's and a creek bed that you must cross

mountain biking
1 month ago

Good little trail system. Extremely short and not technical. It is a great system when the other trail systems in the area are closed.

Nice for running and light dog walks

1 month ago

Nice for a mid-winter walk with my significant other. Trails are paved and run along the river in several places. Some inclines and declines to make things interesting. Not sure if rating at moderate is correct, then again we didn’t walk the whole 10.6 Mile. Might check it out again next fall during archery season.

Part of the trail and the creek crossing is washed out or away, it’s hard to tell really. Me and my dog found a way around but it wasn’t easy. The human elements, bridges and crossing, could use a lot of maintenance. It was so bad, some were hard to find or figure out where they were going and my dogs leg got stuck in a broken bridge. Other than that and it being super muddy, who would have thought that’s what happens when it rains :P, it was really pretty out there. It’s definitely an urban nature interface but still nice.

Nice area to unwind and enjoy nature. The trail is maintained but very slippery in winter. Nothing complicated or technical skills needed, just a good pair of hiking boots and some water.

Surrounded by houses. Trails muddy and full of dog poop.

Excellent course. Tough hills, single track, and heated bathrooms. 3.5 mile loops and excellent terrain!

Very nice walking and jogging

2 months ago

It’s open!! This is a great little spot to explore. It’s scenic and historically significant.

mountain biking
2 months ago

CAMBr does a really wonderful job maintaining these trails. Most riders are good about not riding when the trail is wet so Raceway doesn’t have terrible ruts and is usually in fantastic shape.

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