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Kickapoo State Park

Average Rating:    (4.03 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 63

This is one of the few state parks that allow and encourage mountain biking on the marked trails. The Kickapoo Mountain Bike Club has created multiple trail loops with variable terrain: smooth singletrack, rutted and steep climbs, steep ravine drop-offs, and easy fireroads.
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Latitude
40.153785260570324
Longitude
-87.71737575531006
Trail Directions
I-74 east from Champaign to exit 206. Follow signs to state park entrance. Then watch for park signs that direct you to the trailhead.
Trail Length
14 miles with more to follow
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Oakwood/Danville
State/Territory/Province
Illinois
Zip/Postal Code
61858
Country
United States
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Review Date
May 14, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: FishMan473 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I started riding this trail in 1996. After too long of an absence, we got back there for a ride this past weekend. All of the old magic is still there, and they've added a lot of great new stuff in the past couple of years. We'll be back again soon. Most of the trail is easy enough for beginners if you take it slow, pick it up a bit and it gets a lot more challenging.

Recommended Route:
Don't miss the new "Heaven and Hell" section. Awesome descent, challenging climb.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Nothing else nearby... good thing this is such a great ride!



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Review Date
January 28, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: drew483 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Hey. Noticed any reviews here are pretty old. Thought I'd freshen it up.

I'm one of the trail-builder/locals. Kickapoo is a great location, something for everyone. Trail total via GPS is 11.98 miles of trail. There is a few climbs, nothing truly long though. There are features scattered throughout the trail. The system is one way traffic. The system is primarily one loop but there is one called Heaven and Hell that is a difficult loop located at the far end of the trail. Has a steep and narrow descent section with a few steep switchbacks and a steep, grinding climb out. There are multiple bailouts on the trail if you get a mechanical or just want out.

We've been really working on lots of drainage solutions the last year because there are a few soggy spots, please walk those, fixing them is a pain. There is usually a 9am ride from the trail head most Saturdays. Check the KMBC forum for trail reports, requesting conditions or meeting up with locals to go ride. http://www.kickapoombc.org/

Recommended Route:
Some local notes:
* You're not crazy, some of the trail is numbered out of order due to the evolution of the trail.
* Exit the trail head and keep on the access road, about a 1/4 mile in there is a trail access to the right and that puts you immediately into the woods on 2B, which is twisty and up and down and skips the flat prairie.
* At Trail 5 if you need to bail out, go right and there is a back lot and road out right there.
* After Trail 5 and just to the right is Heaven and Hell. It is not a beginner trail, it is fun, but not for beginners.
* At the bottom of 4B there is an exit to the right, just keep straight and the trail meets with the access road that will take you all the way back to the trail head.



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Review Date
September 27, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: RHITrider ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Great trail. The trailhead and individual trails are very well marked. Even though the map at the trailhead is a bit faded from the UV, you just follow the numbers 1-7. Out in the middle of the trail system, we randomly discovered the pump track and a small jump trail. Both were pretty fun, but the jumps are no bigger than 2 feet so freeriders look elsewhere. Some of the climbs sneak up on you, and though they are short-lived, they are steep! There are many fun features about the trail. Small log piles and steep ravine plunges are frequently encountered.

Recommended Route:
1-7. Start and end at the parking lot.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I drove 1.5 hours from Terre Haute, IN and it was worth it. I do not know of anything else in the immediate area.



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Review Date
April 15, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Clockwork Orange ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
These trails have evolved into a network of awsome riding! Chalk up a new secret addition to the fun... a fast downhill with a climb that will burn up the best of the best climbers. If you are anywhere in the area you must try these trails! Thanks to the members of the club that works hard to maintain.

Recommended Route:
Start at the trail head and follow the signs. The new trail is still
unmarked but keep your eyes open you can't miss the signs of new construction.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
You can venture over to East Peoria to a trail called Farmdale. But don't expect the quality of Kickapoo, the trails are nice but the design doesn't flow. Take a compass and your boots your gona find horse poop...



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Review Date
October 23, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: steelworx ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Root City but Fun,Fun Fun. Manmade small jumps all over 'with alternates around all.Some water/erosion problems on climbs and descents but the overall trail system more than made up for it. One thing to note ,Illinois has voted to close this Park as of Nov.30th
;the Ill. as of Sept.24th the Ill. Senate has passed a bill to reverse the closings of all state parks and historical sites. Go to www.kickapoombc.org for more info and who to contact to protest the closings.These are some great trails, it would be a shame to lose them!



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