Trails for Biking, Running, Walking, Paddling



Central Illinois is not's kind of flat-but not everywhere. There are an incredible number of trails for every occasion. Click through some of the following links to find one that fits your sport the best. 

Central Illinois Trail Runners


The Central Illinois Trail Runners Alliance is a local trail running club that puts on some of the best off road/trail races throughout the area. Click below to see their site. 

Peoria Park District


The Peoria Park District has a number of multi use trails-mostly walking/jogging/hiking but also a few biking trails as well. Click below to see a list of what they have!

Jubilee College State Park


Jubilee College is a state historical site with a number of multi use trails, located just west of Peoria. 

Rock Island Trail


Perhaps the most well known and longest trail for biking and jogging throughout central Illinois-from north of Peoria, through Peoria Heights, and ending along the river front. 

Banner Marsh Water Trail


Yes....there are even trails in the water. Located south west of Peoria, Banner Marsh offers an abundance of water trails and places to explore. 

Wildlife Prairie Park Trails


Wildlife Prairie Park offers day passes as well as memberships to some of the best single track and hiking trails in the area. As well as a few lakes for paddling sports as well as camping opportunities. 

Kinsey Park Trails


Kinsey Park is the only mountain bike specific trail system in the Peoria Park District. Built and maintained by Pamba with beginners in mind. 

Peoria Backpackers Group


The Peoria Backpackers Group hosts a number of casual hikes throughout the area. Click here for more info!

Black Partridge Park


Located in Metamora, this trail system is maintained by the Pamba group in conjunction with the Metamora Park District. 

Dirkson Park


Located in Marquette Heights, near Pekin, offers some more intense mountain biking and hiking options. 

Farmdale Reservoir


Managed by the Army Corps of Engineers with miles and miles of trails developed by Pamba-located in East Peoria. One of the crown jewels in the local biking scene. 

Independence Park


Located in Marquette Heights just off of  I-474. Lots of natural hills and descents and natural obstacles. 

Comlara Park


Located in Bloomington, IL, just a short drove south of Peoria. Lots of trails for biking, hiking, camping and a lake for paddle sports.


Here's another site pointing out information on some of the Peoria area trails.


Another site detailing the trails throughout central Illinois. 

Mountain Bike Project site


Check out the site to find more info on specific trails within the trail system around Peoria. 



Trailforks is a national database of trails, that the local mountain bike group PAMBA does a great job of updating. 

Illinois River Valley Orienteering Club


Like trails? Like getting a little lost every now and then? Check out the IRVOC site -home to a host of events throughout the area. 

Bike Illinois


Here's a fun site that combines a lot of links for different bike groups, clubs, events, trails and rides throughout Illinois.