Multi-use Trail Projects

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Greg emo on the trail
On the trail July 24
Building the trail

Help build our singletrack trail system at Touch of Nature. 

We're happy to announce two trail build events this spring.  Come add sweet hiker/biker trails to the Southern Illinois landscape.    

  • Saturday, March 23, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Register for either or both sessions here.  

If your group or organization would like to help in volunteering outside of the two scheduled sessions, contact Isaiah Tanner at

If your group would like to offer financial support, contact JD Tanner at  

  • What are multi-use trails at Touch of Nature? 
  • What will they offer SIU and the surrounding communities?

Read the conceptual plan, then watch the video below.

Explore the rolling hills and sandstone bluffs of the Shawnee National Forest by mountain bike! 

Ride centers and trail systems popping up all over the Midwest prove mountain biking no longer happens only in the mountains. Touch of Nature wishes to create a new environmental and recreational experience for SIU, Southern Illinois and the surrounding region. 

The Multi-use Trail Project strives to fulfill these goals:

  • Provide new recreational opportunities for southern Illinois locals and visitors to explore our unique natural landscape.

  • Provide Southern Illinois University students with an asset not many other universities can match.

  • Educate users on the local environment and help them recognize the importance of conservation. 

  • Provide a creative way to tie the Carbondale urban environment to the Shawnee National Forest. 

  • Recognize volunteerism as a high emphasis of SIU and the surrounding community, and there is a strong commitment to this project and the maintenance necessary to maintain the trails. 

For more information, please contact graduate student Isaiah Tanner at  


This Project is Funded By:

Recreational Trails Program database

Student Green Fee Rotary Club Carbondale Breakfast

IDNR   Dirty South Roubaix 100k