Biking and Walking Trails in Southwestern Illinois

Connect with nature on the bike trail around Carlyle Lake or on one of the many walking trails located in Clinton County, Illinois.

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The walking and biking trails in the area provide a wide variety of scenery and levels of difficulty for people of different abilities. With trails ranging in distances from one mile to more than 20 miles on surfaces that include pavement, asphalt, wood chips, crushed rock, oil & chips, and limestone, you are certain to find a trail that is just right for you. From these trails, you’ll have the opportunity to view Carlyle Lake as well as, Welcome Center with museum, heritage sites, nature preserves, and more. Whether you are wanting to relax with a leisurely hike, you are an athlete keeping up on your daily running, or you are a cyclist seeking a challenge, there are numerous trails to choose from. Kayaking rentals are available for enjoyment on the lake.

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Carlyle Lake

Visitors Center, 801 Lake Rd, Carlyle, IL 62231

The largest man-made lake in Illinois (26,000 acres), Carlyle Lake is a premier location for outdoor sports. Well known to sailers, it is one of the best and most challenging for sailboats. There is also boating, fishing, hunting, bird watching, … Continue reading ...

Carlyle Lake Prairie View Trail

Carlyle, IL 62231

The trail runs from the Carlyle Lake Visitor’s Center (Trailhead) east for 10 miles across the Carlyle Lake/Kaskaskia River Dam and the saddle dams. The surface is black top and concrete with some crushed rock surface on the eastern end....

Hidden Lake Winery

10580 Wellen Rd, Aviston, IL 62216

Walk the trails around the 5-acre lake or sit and enjoy the waterfall and views of the Silent Forest. The beautiful banquet center has space for all size groups or you can book the gazebo for your group....

South Shore State Park

14205 Huey Rd, Carlyle, IL 62231

Southeast side of Carlyle Lake, fishing, boating, picnicking, and controlled deer hunting....

Eldon Hazlet State Park

20100 Hazlet Park Rd, Carlyle, IL 62231

3,000 acre site on the west side of Carlyle Lake; camping, boating, fishing, hunting, picnicking, bird watching, hiking, swimming pool...