Nickelplate – Quercus Grove Ramble

Edwardsville, Illinois

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The first section of this route on the Nickelplate Trail tours the lush landscape alongside Judy Creek. In Edwardsville, the trail runs through the historic district of Leclaire before sending you into farmland outside of town. Following the Quercus Grove Trail on the return trip, you’ll shoot back toward Edwardsville on a route that resembles a quiet country road. Madison County, located across the Mississippi River from Saint Louis, claims the largest concentration of rail trails in southern Illinois. This ride offers a great introduction to this top-notch system of trails while following most of the Nickelplate Trail and the all of the Quercus Grove Trail. After starting the route in the suburban Saint Louis town of Glen Carbon, you’ll encounter several inviting parks while following Judy Creek.
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Road Biking Illinois

by Ted Villaire (Falcon Guides)

The first section of this route on the Nickelplate Trail tours the lush landscape alongside Judy Creek. In Edwardsville, the trail runs through the historic district of Leclaire before sending you into farmland outside of town. Following the Quercus Grove Trail on the return trip, you’ll shoot back toward Edwardsville on a route that resembles a quiet country road.

Madison County, located across the Mississippi River from Saint Louis, claims the largest concentration of rail trails in southern Illinois. This ride offers a great introduction to this top-notch system of trails while following most of the Nickelplate Trail and the all of the Quercus Grove Trail. After starting the route in the suburban Saint Louis town of Glen Carbon, you’ll encounter several inviting parks while following Judy Creek.

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Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Edwardsville
Distance: 25.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: Spring, summer, fall
Local Maps: USGS Edwardsville quad
Driving Directions: Directions to Nickelplate – Quercus Grove Ramble

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