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Newton Lake

Average Rating:    (4.17 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

Mostly through the woods near the lake, lots of ups and downs, several steep ascents, some grass. Some of the climbs are really tough. Not very long but steep. Wide singletrack that can be ridden quickly for a great workout. Pretty smooth except for grassy sections. Several alternate routes exist.
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Latitude
38.90519419741054
Longitude
-88.31153869628906
Trail Directions
There are only two entrances to this state park, both on the west side of the lake. Find the entrance north of the boat dock (marked with sign). Trail head is on the left before you get to the parking lots.
Trail Length
4.6 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Ingraham
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Review Date
August 7, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: chubilicous ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
just got back into riding. Been riding this trail for the past month or two. love it. it reminds me of the Sweet Williams Trail at SIUE in the early nineties. Very fast. Tons of ticks and wild life. Made for a 29er.

Recommended Route:
only one. Ride the last loop both ways

Other recommended trails in the same area:
SIUE (sweet williams/death ridge, its anything but deadly)
Chubb in Eureka Mo from W Tyson park side. It eats bike parts. One of the most technical trails in the US



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Review Date
June 14, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bgrubb7 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
4.6 miles(round trip)of rollercoaster singletrack. Out and Back with a small loop at the end. Alot of short steep climbs followed by equally short and steep decsents. The 2 largest and most technical decsents were basically unridable due to heavy rutting and erosion from the monsoon rainfall we've had this year. A thick wet leaf bed made it easy to get loose in some of the turns. This probably woudn't be a problem in a drier year. There were also a lot of sticks and limbs to slow things down. A little additional maintenence would make this trail perfect.

There are a few additional miles if you count the grass trail that runs along side the wooded singletrack, but I didn't ride it except for a few brief sections where the 2 trails intersect. Overall a great trail for this part of the state where good trails are hard to find. I will definitely be riding again.



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Review Date
March 27, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: rozzikleinrider ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail is close to home, so I checked it out. The trail is out and back and go in and out of the woods along the lake. The singletrack in the woods is first rate, and it is well maintained. The single track has lots of ups and down, and flows nicely through the woods. The single track is fairly techincal, and a interesting challenge to any type of rider. That's the good.
When the trails comes out of the woods you are riding on mowed grass wide and smooth enough to drive you car on. This is roughly 30-40% of the trail. For someone who prefers technical singletrack, these sections are boring.
This trail is an odd mix. The trail in the woods is technical with interest for for moderate to advanced riders and the trail outside the woods is strictly beginner like a ride across the golf course. If this trail stayed in the woods and was a loop with a little more distance I'd give it a rating of 5.
If your in this part of Illinois and have your bike, it's worth checking out. They do keep this trail well maintained, almost manicured.

Recommended Route:
There's only one way, out and back.



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Review Date
May 11, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Jason Marshall , from Newton,Illinois,USA

Summary:
Totally awesome for Bikers of all Status

Recommended Route:
I would Recommend the Grass Route to the left of the trail because it can give a good little bit of practice for ya the head into the deeper stuff which is totally awesome.



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Review Date
July 20, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Suzanne , from Urbana, IL

Summary:
Nice area that is hardly used, which is a shame. Nine miles of well-maintained trails (4.5 out and back)are designated specifically for bikes. There are also 12(?) miles of separate horse/hiker trails at the park. All run along the lake with periodic nice views and benches. Best time of day is dusk/evening. Tons of wildlife. Trail designers did a good job of creating a trail that fits many experience levels. Trail is actually almost two paralleling trails - the main 2-bike wide grass path runs nearly the whole way along the edge between woods and prairie, and the other is the single track through the woods (marked with yellow and black bike picture signs). They connect together constantly - variable lengths of the single track duck into the woods, then joins the grass for awhile, then back into the woods... The grass path is just a nice pleasant ride for the most part - almost any rider except for one VERY steep sandy hill with a sharp turn at the bottom that can't be bypassed - is still a "walker" for me. The single track is a mixture of winding woods paths and short hill sections, twisty at times. Gravel used at the bottom of gullys to patch water damage. No huge downhills here though.

Recommended Route:
More experienced riders will find the single track winding through the wooded areas more interesting. Newer riders can bypass most of the more challenging sections by staying on the grass path that parallels the trail - in particular skip the very first single track trail that breaks off from the grass path - can pick it up a bit farther down (my first major crash my first visit there). :-) Overall easy - moderate challenge depending on the sections you ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The obvious - Kickapoo, Jubilee, Farmdale... Haven't been to Shawnee yet but its on the list.



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