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Touch of Nature Mountain Bike Trails

Touch of Nature Trails

Touch of Nature Trails were designed and built with these core values in mind:

  • Community - Promote healthy active recreational lifestyles that can benefit all members of the community.
  • Family - Inspire our families to explore the outdoors and engage in positive, healthy activities.
  • Stewardship - Encourage our customers and the community to be responsible outdoor recreationists.

Current Trail Conditions

Trails are open daily from dawn until dusk.
Lodging options available for overnight trips.

Our bike trails include 10 miles of beginner (green) and more difficult (blue) traditional and mountain bike optimized trails. They are an interconnected system of trails, providing access from a new trailhead at the main entrance outwards.

  • 2.75 miles of green trail includes lake views and gently rolling Shawnee Forest
  • 3.2 miles of blue trail provide a great introduction to the Catalyst
  • 3.3 miles of blue/black trail that takes riders into beautiful Indian Creek area

View our Mountain Bike Trail Map and Conceptual Plan.

 


Trail Specs - 9.14 miles

Green Trails - 2.72 mi total

  • A Connector - .39 mi
  • B Connector - .35 mi
  • C Connector - .23 mi
  • Green Bean - .44 mi
  • String Bean - .66 mi
  • Beaver Fever - .65 mi
Blue Trails - 3.14 mi total
  • Volunteer Track - 2.06 mi
  • Sweet Baby Ray - .47 mi
  • Mulligan - .21 mi
  • Yellow Jacket - .40 mi

 Blue/Black Trail - 3.28 mi total

  • Catalyst - 3.28 mi

Young girl riding bike on the Touch of Nature Kids Terrain Track

Kids Terrain Track

The Alan & Pat Rausenberger Kids Terrain Park located at SIU’s Rushing Field includes a kids pump track, a kids strider track, and a quarter mile easy skills loop. 

Membership

Make a donation for an Annual Trailhead Parking Pass and Touch of Nature Membership.

Membership

Leave No Trace
Seven Principles

LNT Seven Principles

 

 

Volunteer

Help us build our trails!

Volunteers are needed to assist in building the mountain bike trails. Community service and Saluki Volunteer Corps and Environmental Ambassador Award hours are available for volunteers, and community is always welcome.

Sign up to volunteer

Donors

We want to express a very special thank you to all of our donors that helped make our Mountain BikeTrails possible.

Gold Level

The Rausenberger Family

Recreational Trails Program Grant and IDNR

E.T. Simonds

Silver level

SIU Student Green Fee

Bronze Level

Rotary Club of Carbondale-Breakfast

Dirty South Roubaix 100K Gravel Road Race

Bike Surgeon of Carterville, IL

Interested in partnering with Touch of Nature?

Learn more about our sponsorship opportunities.

Corporate Sponsors