Layers winter
Map Style
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icey
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
      The Lake Trails are comprised of 3 different trail sections; Cemetery Loop, Lick Creek, and Polecat. Each trail is unique in its terrain, riding style, challenges, and features. If you mix-and-match these trails in both directions and several variations you can easily string together 10-15 miles of super fun, playful, and even challenging riding.

      Cemetery Loop is a lollipop style loop with many connecting trails that allows for a bunch of various segments. You can access this loop by riding across the bridge located just at the parking area by the pump station. It is the most playful of the trails with fun flow, jumps, berms, and other features. It also has a bit of short, punchy elevation gain/descent.

      Lick Creek Trail is an out and back trail (~1.2mi each way) that can be pinned from end to end, or slow it down to play on the growing number of trail features. It has ~10 berms between two sections that let you rail some corners, and a handful of progressive to impressive jumps. It also has a couple of challenging root sections that can test your skills on the way up, and tickle your pickle on the way down. This trail connects the parking area to the Chatham bike path, which allows you to access the Polecat Creek Trail segment.

      Polecat Creek Trail is accessed by crossing Lick Creek to the Chatham bike path, turning right (head south) for about a 1/4 or so miles. You'll reach a information sign on your right with a sort of steep shoot that leads up to the trail entrance. Once at the trail you can ride this loop either direction. Head to the left(ish) and you will be greeted with some of the bigger/steeper climbs that Springfield has to offer with a couple of technical moves to get up over some logs and roots. Matched to these climbs are fast, punchy descents that can have some tight turns to navigate. If you choose to head to the right, the trail takes you on the outer/lower portion of the trail to start. This portion has some is mostly flat and fast with some fun flowing turns. This direction does have some climbs, but feels less challenging than the other direction.

      DIRECTIONS: The Lake Trails are located on the West corner of Lake Springfield where the Lick Creek flows into the lake. The primary parking is at the pump station off of the original Route 66 which is now Old Chatham Rd (5700 Old Chatham Rd, Springfield, IL 62711).
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      Information google parking directions
      Region Details
      • 1
      • 2
      • 6


      Avg Trail Rating
      Total Distance
      6 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      2 miles
      Total Descent
      439 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      599 ft
      Total Vertical
      41 ft
      Ridden Counter

      Photos of Lake Trails Mountain Bike

      trail: Cemetery Loop
      5 |
      Jun 28, 2017 @ 3:30pm
      Jun 28, 2017
      Cemetery Loop, Springfield
      trail: Cemetery Loop
      3 |
      Jun 28, 2017 @ 3:30pm
      Jun 28, 2017
      Cemetery Loop, Springfield
      trail: Cemetery Loop
      4 |
      Jun 28, 2017 @ 3:30pm
      Jun 28, 2017
      Cemetery Loop, Springfield
      trail: Cemetery Loop
      6 |
      Jun 28, 2017 @ 3:30pm
      Jun 28, 2017
      Cemetery Loop, Springfield
      more photos »

      Videos of Lake Trails Mountain Bike

      Adding some fun.
      0:22 | 13 | Jun 28, 2017
      A little something.
      0:10 | 11 | Jun 28, 2017
      0:58 | 24 | Jun 28, 2017
      more videos »

      Recent Comments

      user #1221851KriglochreportPolecat Creek TrailDry but be on the lookout for walnuts
      Oct 3, 2017 @ 9:48am
      Oct 3, 2017
      more »

      Recent Activity

      user #370255SethKendalladdridelogNov 20, 2017 ride log
      Nov 20, 2017 @ 3:13pm
      2 days
      user #370255SethKendalladdridelogNov 19, 2017 ride log
      Nov 20, 2017 @ 5:50am
      2 days
      user #370255SethKendalladdridelogNov 17, 2017 ride log
      Nov 17, 2017 @ 3:40pm
      Nov 17, 2017
      user #370255SethKendalladdridelogNov 16, 2017 ride log
      Nov 16, 2017 @ 1:51pm
      Nov 16, 2017
      user #370255SethKendalladdridelogNov 14, 2017 ride log
      Nov 14, 2017 @ 1:50pm
      Nov 14, 2017
      view more »

      Nearby Riding Areas

      Polecat Creek1.2 km
      Lewis Memorial Acres 15.5 km
      Gurgens / Carpenter Park 211.5 km
      Lincolns New Salem State Park 1 3 1 119.2 km
      • By brenthillier NSMBA Plus & contributors
      • Admins: CILTA
      • #3339 - 1,066 views
      • lake trails activity log | embed map of Lake Trails mountain bike trails | lake trails mountain biking points of interest
      • subscribe print map 3d map donate to earn trail karma!

      Downloading of trail gps tracks in kml & gpx formats is enabled for Lake Trails.
      You must login to download files.