Looking for an activity to enjoy the gorgeous fall weather in Illinois? Escape for a weekend and hit the trail on one of the state’s bike trails. Illinois’ bike trails weave in and out of luscious forests and swaying fields. Trail-goers can ride through spectacular fall colors and experience the state’s natural beauty. Spend a weekend enjoying fresh air, adventure and fun. Learn more about Illinois’ bike trails and plan your trip by visiting EnjoyIllinois.com.
Here are a few suggestions for Illinois weekend bike trips:
Chicago & Beyond
Gorgeous Matthiessen State Park in Utica offers nine miles of mountain biking trails that pass through canyons, streams, prairies and forest. After spending the day outdoors, unwind at the Starved Rock State Park Lodge. The Lodge offers comfortable rooms or cozy cabins in the woods and is located just minutes away from Matthiessen State Park.
Land of Lincoln
Accessible from Forest Park in Shelbyville, the General Dacey Trail features over 50 miles of multi-purpose trails. The Lake Shelbyville section of the General Dacey Trail offers 10.5 miles of pathway for visitors to explore. While in the area, enjoy a stay at one of Lake Shelbyville’s resorts or inns. Many resorts offer spas and recreational facilities in addition to plush amenities.
Great Rivers Country
The Sam Vadalabene Bike Trail, a 14.5-mile trail from Alton to Grafton, offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country. The trail runs along the scenic Great River Road, next to the mighty Mississippi River, and concludes at Pere Marquette State Park. Bikers can see towering bluffs and maybe catch a glimpse of bald eagles soaring overhead. After exploring the Great River Road, spend the night at one of Alton’s quaint bed and breakfast destinations.
Trails to Adventure
The beautiful Tunnel Hill State Trail stretches 45 miles in scenic Southern Illinois from Harrisburg to Karnak. Formerly a bustling railroad, the Tunnel Hill State Trail passes through farm country, bluffs and wetlands. Twenty-three picturesque trestles, leftover from the old railroad, line the trail. The trail ends at the Cache River State Natural Area, featuring giant cypress trees with base circumferences exceeding 40 feet. While in Southern Illinois, spend a night at a charming bed and breakfast and explore the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail.
–The Illinois Office of Tourism