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Newton Lake

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

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
June 23, 2014

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: oldfatdude ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
************Trail is now closed. This trail was fun for 15 years or so, but is now closed. I'm thinking due to erosion and being built pre-IMBA, so unfortunately it wasn't very sustainable. Sorry to see it gone:( Maybe some of the local shops can work on getting a new set and/or rebuild.

Recommended Route:
None now.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Nothing really close, except private property or fishing/atv trails on the Little Wabash River near Clay City. If you wanna drive a couple hours, then Brown County, St. Louis, and Southern IL are well worth the trip.



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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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