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Welcome to the exhilarating world of trails and races at Touch of Nature Education Center! Prepare for a  journey through our breathtaking natural landscapes, where the thrill of adventure meets the joy of physical challenge. Whether you're a seasoned athlete seeking to test your limits or a nature enthusiast craving an immersive outdoor experience, our diverse range of trails and races offers something for everyone. Lace up your shoes, embrace the spirit of exploration, and get ready to push yourself to new heights as you discover the beauty and excitement that await you at Touch of Nature.

Contact Touch of Nature for more information by calling 618-453-1121 or emailing

Hiking Trails

SIU Touch of Nature Hiking Trails

Our 2.5 mile Lakeview Trail connects both of our camps, provides great views of Little Grassy Lake, and takes visitors out to the popular Rocky Ledges site.

Mountain Bike Trails

SIU Touch of Nature Bike Trails

The TON Trails system offers over 12 miles of multi-use trails for bikers, hikers, and runners only. The Alan and Pat Rausenberger Kid’s Terrain Park will include a pump track, a push bike track, and .25 mile fun loop to introduce kids to riding on trails. The trail system offers a variety of difficulty levels for users and can be accessed just off of Giant City Road after entering Touch of Nature.



Touch of Nature hosts bike races and an annual 5K/10K on our trail system. Learn more about our Catalyst Race Series and Rocky Ledges 5K/10K by calling 618-453-1121 or by clicking the links.