Southern Illinois University
Proceed down Clay Street from the Pedego Electric Bikes of Edwardsville store, one block, to Randal Street. Turn left onto Randal about a half mile to Rose. Go left on Rose, one block, to St Louis Street (Poag Road). Turn right on to St Louis Street and follow the bike lane to University Drive. Cross St Louis Street and pick up the Delyte Morris Trail to SIUE. Once you are on the trail you will pass by numerous great photo opportunities including Cougar Lake.
The Delyte Morris Trail passes through the largest university campus in the US. Watch for the sign to the Gardens at SIUE on the left as you head toward the center of campus. There are numerous access trails leading up to the campus buildings. Allow plenty of time to ride around campus and a stop at the Student Union Building where you will find a Starbucks and other eateries.
Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to cruise through the university and become familiar with one of the prettiest university campuses in the country. Return to the trail and continue through the woods. Stay left at the junction with Bluff Trail about one half mile down a gradual sloping ride to the bottom of the bluff.
Bluff Trail crosses Bluff Road just past the SIUE Sports Complex. Before you cross Bluff Road you will see a Log Cabin up on the hill to your left. There is a Porta-Potty on the south end of the parking lot just off Bluff Road at the access to the Stadium.
Continue South on Bluff Trail to the intersection with the Nature Trail across from St Paul’s UCC Church. This trail veers right toward Pontoon Beach and Granite City. You will cross University Drive (divided highway) twice and take up the Nature Trail back toward Edwardsville. There are Porta-Potties at the trail junction and about halfway back to Edwardsville.
The Nature Trail gets a little bumpy due to tree root growth so proceed with caution. It is also a gentle climb from Bluff Road to the intersection with Goshen Trail.
You are now back in Edwardsville where you may want to grab a sandwich or a pizza at Peels or Mike Shannon’s before continuing on your final leg back to your starting point. If so, go under SR 159 and take the Nickel Plate Trail on the left out of the tunnel, about an eighth of a mile to the path that leads out to the sidewalk. There is no cross walk here so we suggest you dismount and walk your bikes across the street to the strip mall where the eateries are located.
Return to the trail intersection and follow the Goshen Trail to the left and back into the woods.
You will come to SR 157 where you can leave the bike path before you go under the road and climb the hill up to street level. If you follow SR 157 you will see the new Route 66 Monument on the right just before Schwartz Street and the old Edwardsville High School, now Lincoln Middle School, on the left. Follow Schwartz to Covington and Covington to St Louis Street where you will see Pedego Electric Bikes.
Alternatively, follow Goshen Trail to the intersection with the Watershed Trail. Turn right onto the Watershed Trail and follow it until it ends. Turn right about 50 feet then left onto Clay Street. Follow Clay to St Louis Street and you will be back where you started.
Glen Carbon Town Center
Head down Clay Street from Pedego Electric Bikes of Edwardsville Store (travel 2 blocks on the old brick street)
Go right at the Doll House Antique shop (red building). The Watershed Trail begins about 50 feet on the left.
Continue on the Watershed Trail to the Intersection with the Goshen Trail. Along the way, Hoppe Park and the Watershed Nature Center will be on your right. Great stop for a visit and a walk around the wetlands. (No Bikes Allowed)
Turn left at the intersection with The Goshen Trail. You can also take a right here and go up to the bridge over the creek for a great view of the water below. Then turn around and head back to the Goshen Trail past the intersection with the Watershed Trail.
The Goshen Trail passes under Poag Road (St Louis Street) and SR 157. There is access to the bike lane and sidewalks on both sides of SR 157. The shell station at the corner of SR 157 and Schwartz is a good place for a break. Notice the new Route 66 Marker on the corner across from the old Edwardsville High School. The American Legion Golf Course is across from the Grade School and is another good place for a break.
Mike Shannon’s and Peel’s Pizza make good lunch stops. This will involve going under SR 159 to negotiate your way back to the restaurants via the Nickel Plate Trail. In about an eighth of a mile, take the paved path that leads to the wide sidewalk .Carefully walk your bikes across the road to the strip mall.
Continue on the Goshen Trail until you cross over the Heritage Trail below you and break out of the woods. You will see a trail intersection on your left. The access to the Heritage Trail loops to the left and joins the Glen Carbon Heritage Trail and the trail head parking lot. If you continued on the Goshen Trail, you eventually pass under Interstate 270. The trail ends at SR 162 near Troy. There is no Bike Lane on SR 162. Turn left onto the Heritage Trail and head toward Glen Carbon.
Continue on until you “T” at Glen Carbon Road. This is the Intersection with the Nickel Plate Trail. If you go left at this intersection you will be headed toward Pontoon Beach and Granite City (another great adventure ride.)
Welcome to Glen Carbon
Things to see and do: Wooden Nickel restaurant just up Glen Carbon Road; Miners Park and the Red Caboose; Honor Roll Park Military Memorial on the North Side of Glen Carbon Road and the Yanda Log Cabin. Don’t miss the Glen Carbon Heritage Museum and the new Glen Carbon Centennial Library. There are restrooms in Miners Park and at the parking lot at the intersection of the two trails.
Honor Roll Memorial Park
After your stopover in Glen Carbon, head toward Edwardsville on the Nickel Plate Trail to the intersection with the Goshen Trail.
Take the Goshen Trail to your left (before you go under SR 159) and head back to your starting point. When you come to the intersection with the Watershed Trail turn right and follow it until it ends. Our store is at Clay and St Louis Street.
If you are too exhausted to go the additional 30 minutes, you can exit the path at SR 157 and take the sidewalk or bike lane along SR 157 up to St Louis Street (2nd stoplight), turn right and proceed two blocks to Pedego Electric Bikes of Edwardsville on the left.
Proceed down Clay Street from the Pedego Electric Bikes of Edwardsville store, one block, to Randal Street. Turn left onto Randal about a half mile to Rose. Go left on Rose, one block, to St Louis Street (Poag Road). Turn right on to St Louis Street and follow the bike lane to Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. Total Distance is approximately 6 miles. To avoid this stretch of road, we can deliver your bikes to the interpretive Center to begin your ride.
Begin your ride with a visit to the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. At approximately this location, The Lewis & Clark Party started their exploration of the Northwest territory and quest to find a navigable route to the Pacific Ocean. There are many exhibits and displays including a cutaway full scale model of their boat on display. Take advantage of the restrooms located just inside the entrance.
The Confluence Trail starts at the picnic grove just east of the entrance to the interpretive center. In about one half mile you will see the entrance to the Lewis & Clark Observation Platform where you can climb to the top for a spectacular view of the surrounding area and view of the Mississippi and Missouri River confluence.
Head north from the tower toward Wood River. There are several chicanes that require you to dismount and walk your bikes across the commercial roads that access the river. Near Hartford, Illinois you will have access to a Casey’s General Store. Good place for a snack if you have the munchies
The trail follows the Mississippi River which turns West at SR 140. Continue about 6 miles to the entrance to the Great River Museum and the Melvin Price Lock and Dam. Don’t miss the opportunity to climb the path to the roof of the Museum which is accessed from the south east side of the museum, for a great view of the river and the Locks. The main part of the museum is at the locks building about a quarter mile on up the road from the new portion of the museum. Take a walk out onto the observation deck of the locks to see the barges as they pass up and down the river.
The Confluence Trail ends at Russell Commons Park. You can continue on by following the road where the trail ends about 100 feet where the trail heads up the hill and winds its way to the new Waterfront Park, the Argosy Casino, and crosses over SR 140 via a green iron bridge (bike friendly) into downtown Alton. From here you can access myriad antique shops and restaurants.
Keep in mind that while in Alton, you are approximately 10 miles or about 1 hour (plus) from the Lewis & Clarke Interpretive Center. If you are riding all the back to Edwardsville, you should allow a little over two hours fro your return.