SIUE Trails


This trail system is made up of more than 7.5 miles of tight, twisty, all-dirt singletrack in 6 separate trails. Modest elevation gain, thick forest, and smooth hardpack make for rides which will satisfy every rider from beginner to advanced. The trails were designed in such a way that they would be a place not only for beginners to try out mountain biking, but also to allow more advanced riders an opportunity to test their bike handling skills by riding the narrow trails at a more rapid pace.

They are built partially on the site of an old outdoor amphitheater from the 1970's, better known as the "Mississippi River Festival." The trails are easily accessible from the numerous bike paths that intertwine the Metro-East, so if you live in the area, driving to the trails is not necessarily required. While all the trails are designed to IMBA standards, because of the all-dirt surface, it is recommended that you not ride these trails immediately following rain.

Please download a map and take it with you, so you will be able to find all the loops, as they are spread out among numerous cross-country running trails.


Take hwy 255 North past Interstate 270, to New Poag Road. Turn Right or East at the end of the exit ramp. Stay on New Poag Road until the first intersection with a 4 way stop sign. This will be University Drive. Turn Right onto University Drive. The road will immediately bend to the left, at the end of the bend on your right is a gravel road, turn onto the gravel road. 

For those of you approaching by bike, there is a trailhead for Trail 2 off of the Delyte Morris Bikeway, which bisects the SIUE campus from Stadium Drive, and eventually connects with the Watershed Bikeway. The trailhead is in between Cougar Lake Dr. and University Dr., just to the east of campus. There is also a trailhead on Trail 3 at the back of Cougar Village behind the Northwestern-most collection of apartments.


Trail Information

SIUE Trails
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7.5 miles


Multiple Loops


Trail Conditions

Latest Conditions

From Keebler on Sat, 07/07/2018 - 5:24pm - SIUE Trails (Illinois)
Numerous trees down. Trail 2 has complete blockage and cannot get through in two places. One blockage is section right off the cross country trail. Storm was pretty bad here at SIUE.
From TwistedSlash on Thu, 07/05/2018 - 8:00pm - SIUE Trails (Illinois)
Damp and sloppy on all trails... this humidity is keeping the trail itself wet and slick. On 1 and 3, encountered some trees down. 2 and 6 had large obstructions (trees down). Lot's of growth on all trails.
From gigi on Mon, 07/02/2018 - 10:55am - SIUE Trails (Illinois)
We had really strong wind during the storm last week - sounds like trails are a wreck. Please post in forum any details you have about location of trees that need sawyering and we'll try to make a plan.
From sprgfd on Sat, 06/30/2018 - 8:36pm - SIUE Trails (Illinois)
Multiple large trees down on 1, 3, and 4 along with a lot of medium sized debris. Gave up on trying to ride anything else because that section was so bad.
From jackpizz on Sun, 06/24/2018 - 1:34pm - SIUE Trails (Illinois)
Trail was a bit soft, but ridable
From Asspadtycoon on Tue, 06/19/2018 - 4:00pm - SIUE Trails (Illinois)
Mostly good, tree down on trail 1, some spots are getting pretty thick with overgrowth.