Charleston Cruise

Charleston, Illinois

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This ride takes you south of Charleston along quiet roads winding through the beautiful hilly woodlands that accompany the scenic Embarras River. After a bit of Lincolnia on the first leg of the ride, you’ll zigzag through gently rolling farmland, cross a handful of creeks, and encounter prairie, bottomland, and plenty of hills. The final part of this tour explores Charleston, a pleasant historic town that hosts the campus of Eastern Illinois University. Charleston has a rich history for a town of only 20,000 or so souls. On the north side of Charleston, the fairgrounds have hosted the Coles County Fair continuously since 1854—making it the oldest county fair in the state. In its early years, the fairgrounds hosted speakers such as William Jennings Bryan, the evangelist preacher Billy Sunday, and one of the historic debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas in their campaign for the U.S. Senate. Adding to Charleston’s charm is an impressive old courthouse located in the downtown historic district.

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"This ride takes you south of Charleston along quiet roads winding through the beautiful hilly woodlands that accompany the scenic Embarras River. After a bit of Lincolnia on the first leg of the ride, you’ll zigzag through gently rolling farmland, cross a handful of creeks, and encounter prairie, bottomland, and plenty of hills. The final part of this tour explores Charleston, a pleasant historic town that hosts the campus of Eastern Illinois University.

Charleston has a rich history for a town of only 20,000 or so souls. On the north side of Charleston, the fairgrounds have hosted the Coles County Fair continuously since 1854—making it the oldest county fair in the state. In its early years, the fairgrounds hosted speakers such as William Jennings Bryan, the evangelist preacher Billy Sunday, and one of the historic debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas in their campaign for the U.S. Senate. Adding to Charleston’s charm is an impressive old courthouse located in the downtown historic district."

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Charleston
Distance: 38.1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Spring, summer, fall
Local Maps: USGS Charleston South quad
Driving Directions: Directions to Charleston Cruise

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