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Jim Edgar Panther Creek

Trail maps available for download at the bottom of this page.
More information about this state park at the IDNR website
Prairie Lake Trail 

Trail description
A large portion of this seventeen mile trail consists of single track within wooded areas with many tight turns and lake overlooks.  Interspersed along the trail are open, grassy areas where riders will be exposed to the sun and many types of prairie grasses and berry bushes.  The trail also traverses two iron and wood bridges near the camping areas which will feature group, primitive, and tent camping in addition to rental cabins sleeping six people allowing for a whole weekend of enjoyable activities.

Routes
Starting from the trail head near the day use area, mountain bikers may travel in either direction to complete the whole trail.  For experienced riders, the route heading north and crossing the lake dam will bring you first to the challenging sections on the east side of the lake.  You may cut the trail length short by taking a road route back to the trail head from parking lots C-4, C-10, or C-11.  A very good trail loop of 4.5 miles can be accessed by turning west off of Newmansville Road onto Sittler Road.  From there, head west to Wolf Road and turn north towards the C-4 parking lot.  Take the mountain bike trail north out of this parking lot and when you arrive at the C-11 parking lot, ride north on Wolf Road to return to your vehicle.

Acknowledgments
The Springfield Area Mountain Bike Association proposed creation of this mountain bike trail in 1999. The trail corridor was designed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and represents the longest mountain bicycling trail in Central Illinois.
Drake Lake Trail

Trail description
The Drake Lake Trail winds its way over 4.5 miles of rolling forested hills and brief prairie stretches around the lake’s numerous fingers.  This natural surface trail consists of tight, twisting single-track with frequent views of the picturesque lake. An optional loop on the northernmost section takes you downstream of the dam where the most significant elevation changes occur. The trail passes through the Drake Lake Day Use Area where a picnic shelter, restrooms, a boat ramp, and parking are located. 
 
Routes
The Drake Lake Day Use Area is the designated starting point for the loop, based on the mile markers. The trail can be ridden in either direction, and is short enough for even the moderately physically fit riders to complete both clockwise and counter-clockwise directions. Another easy access point to the trail can be found at the O-10 parking lot on County Road 11.  
 
At the northeast corner of the loop, the two-mile long connector trail will take you to the Prairie Lake Trail via Geiss Road.

Jim Edgar Panther Creek

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