MCT Trails

Madison County, IL has become a national destination for bicycle enthusiasts. There's a good reason for that!

From flat to hilly, urban to rural, no matter what kind of bike trail you want, chances are it exists in Madison County! More than 130 miles of bike trails are part of the landscape rolling alongside rivers and creeks and meandering into tunnels and across bridges. Discover your next favorite biking adventure on the MCT Trails of Madison County.

Trails Galore in Southwest Illinois

They wind through woodlands and forests. Along river banks and over creeks and streams. These are the trails of MCT -- a well maintained system of paved trails that let nature enthusiasts experience the great outdoors in southwest Illinois.

Choose from 10 named MCT Trails that stretch across Madison County and include a Route 66 experience, a rural ride through the fields and woodlands of unincorporated areas and urban jaunts in Edwardsville and Glen Carbon.

Or better yet, take advantage of the MCT Loop system to ensure you don't see the same scenery twice in once trip.

The MCT Trails are located on former railroad corridors and are considered Class 1 bikeways -- meaning they are separated from the road. Overall, the trails feature 48 bridges, 22 tunnels and a few at-grade crossings.

Take your pick of trails from the listings below.

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