ATV Trails Near Carbondale, Illinois

ATV Trails Near Carbondale, Illinois
With its scenic rural areas and mild climate, the region near Carbondale, in the southernmost part of Illinois, is a great place to ride all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) year around. However, ATV riding is legal only on privately owned trails, in parks created especially for that purpose, or on one's own property. There are three ATV parks in close proximity to Carbondale, each of which offers family-friendly service and plenty of thrills for ATV enthusiasts.

Little Egypt Off Road Riding

Little Egypt Off Road Riding is popular for its fast, winding trails that persons with average to aggressive riding skills should handle easily. This off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation area is about 19 miles east of Carbondale. Take Route 13, a fast moving four-lane highway, from Carbondale to about seven miles past Marion. Turn right at the second sign that says Crab Orchard Road. You'll see a blue sign that says LEORV Recreation Park. Little Egypt offers ATV riders 30 miles of trails across 720 scenic acres. There are public restrooms and campsites with showers.

Little Egypt Off Road Riding
20439 Ranch Lane
Marion, IL 62946

Williams Hill Pass

Williams Hill Pass is a family favorite for camping, fishing, and ATV riding in an exceptionally scenic area surrounded by rock formations and cliffs. There are trails of various terrains for beginner and experienced ATV riders. Williams Hill Pass is about 30 miles east of Carbondale, but easily accessible via Route 13. ATV enthusiasts can enjoy 15 miles of trails across 226 acres. There are campsites with showers as well as public restrooms. The park also offers a motocross track and fishing pond.

Williams Hill Pass
1935 Peak Road
Harrisburg, IL 62944

Coyote ATV Trail Riders

Local ATV enthusiasts with average riding skills like the Coyote ATV Trail Riders park for its simple, wide, flat trails. Riders can also take their ATVs through a small creek. Coulterville is approximately 30 minutes northwest of Carbondale. Take Route 51 North for 10 miles, then turn left on Truax Traer Road, which becomes Route 4. Turn left on Route 13 to enter Coulterville. Go directly to Wilson's Service & Oil gas station at 111 E. Grant Street (intersection of Routes 13 and 153) to pay the entrance fee and get directions to the park. Coyote boasts 200 acres with 10 miles of trails. There are campsites and portable restrooms, but no showers.

Coyote ATV Trail Riders
P.O. Box 578
Coulterville, IL 62237
No web site available

Article Written By Joan Greylord

Joan Greylord is a marketing communications and feature writer in Illinois. She has been writing professionally since 1980 for the health care industry and high-tech fields. Her articles have appeared in "The Southern Health Magazine," "SI Magazine," and "Cat Fancy Magazine." Greylord especially enjoys writing about new trends in health care and alternative medicine.

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