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Best Rail Trails Illinois
by Ted Villaire (Falcon Guides)
This trail meanders through wetlands, wooded areas, and a series of picnic spots and campgrounds on the west shore of the state’s second largest inland lake. Cyclists can double their mileage by taking a side trip to Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park on the east side of the lake.
Road Biking Illinois
Get to know Rend Lake and its environs on this ride that cuts through nearly all of the lake’s numerous recreation areas. About one-third of the ride follows paved bike trails near the shore of the lake; the remainder follows mostly quiet rural roads. In the North Sandusky Campground, bike route signs lead you along the quiet park road to the entrance of the campground.
Along Rend City Road, you’ll pass St. Mary’s of the Woods, a pleasant outdoor location where Catholic mass is held for campers visiting Rend Lake campgrounds. You’ll become acquainted with the immense size of Rend Lake as you cross its 2-mile-wide west arm on SR 154.
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