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Bike Trails to Explore This Spring

May 14, 2020

Bike lovers, rejoice! Spring is in full swing, which means its time to ride our favorite bike paths in Champaign County once again. From the historic Kickapoo Rail Trail to adventures waiting for you along farmlands, neighborhoods, and forests, the greater Champaign County area is a hot spot for Midwest bike enthusiasts. Here are a few paths and trails to check out this Spring.

Kickapoo rail trail

Crossing into the Champaign County area for a 6.7 mile run from Urbana to St. Joseph, the Kickapoo Rail Trail spans nearly 25 miles in total across some of the state's most diverse ecosystems, including woodland, prairie, and wetland. The retired railroad corridor is a great place to bring the bikes for a day of adventure. Just start the trail in Urbana at the Main Street Spur and ride all the way to St. Joe for an over 13-mile ride!

lake of the woods

Lake of the Woods has so much to offer, from the Museum of the Grand Prairie to some incredible bike paths. The 3.3-mile paved Bicycle/Pedestrian Path stretches the entire length of the preserve, winding through grasslands, prairie, and wooded areas as well as crossing the Sangamon River on the Lake of the Woods Covered Bridge. Hop off the bike for a short hike in the Rayburn-Purnell Woods to stretch before continuing your ride.

Rantoul Trails

A great place to see some amazing sights and enjoy a great ride are the trails in Rantoul from Glenwood Park just south of W. Grove Ave. and Wheat Ave. just east of W. Liberty Drive. The trail goes through parts of the former Chanute Air Force Base as well as the area's farming communities. At just under 8 miles, the entire stretch of Rantoul bike trails makes for a great place to explore. 

O'Malley's Alley Trail in Champaign

For a trail around Champaign, start off on S. Duncan Rd. just south of W. Springfield Ave. to ride the half-mile O'Malley's Alley Trail. While the path itself is somewhat short, you can pick up the paved spur that connects to the trail. Follow it along the east side of Copper Slough, then cross W. Springfield Avenue and head into Kaufman Park, where there's a gravel road you can take all the way around the lake.

Gearing up

It's a great time to try new outdoor activities, and gearing up with a new bike can be a fun way to stay active this Spring! If you have a bike that needs some love, Neutral Cycle is taking appointments for bike drop-offs and pick-ups. This is a great way to get your bike tuned-up and ready to ride! They also offer rentals and sell a wide variety of bikes as well. 

Durst Cycle and Fitness is also a great place to grab a new or new-to-you bike. Their used options are great for finding a vintage ride or something a bit more budget-friendly. They also offer great new options as well, plus rentals and accessories to ensure a smooth ride!

Where's your favorite bike path in the champaign county area?

Have a favorite bike path you like to take to explore our community? Let us know what it is on social media by tagging us in some photos from your next ride! 

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