Panther Creek Jim Edgar - TRAIL

Panther Creek Jim Edgar - Trail, Ashland/Springfield, Illinois

Newly cut trail meandering and rolling in and out of wooded area near lake line and surrounding meadows.

User Reviews (10)

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Travis   Weekend Warrior [Aug 14, 2012]

My first time riding this trail. I had heard it is full of thorns and possibilities for flats. 2 miles in, I got a flat front tire. Ranger picked me up and he said they get a lot of flats out there. He didn't know what to do about it He called it Locusts.
Other than the thorns (Locusts) the ride was going great. Very wide path and nice for the casual rider or if you like to run hard and fast, you can do that too.
Bring patch and extra tubes.

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3
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3
Brewboy74   Racer [Aug 20, 2005]

I ride this trail about 1 to 2 times a week. I have most likely riden it more than anyone. With that said it is a nice trail for central illinois. Fast non-technical race track of a trail. Its real challenge is the length, at 17 miles its a real challenge for the casual rider. I have done a number of double laps on this trail and it is a tough ride. Carry a spare tube and patch kit, or beter yet run a tubless system with stans. I have ridden all year on my bike without a flat with stans. I love to train on this trail, its close to springfield and fun to ride.

Similar Products Used: Jubilee, Farmdale, Independence, Chubb.
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4
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4
FtHoodMtBkr   [Jun 23, 2002]

Can you say rolling, rolling, rolling--phew.
And in and out, in and out for over 17 miles. Alternating in and out of rolling woods and freshly cut fields.

Likely the easist technical wise trail I've ever done.
No rocks, no logs, no lengthy hills, no loose spots etc.
It's the in and out, in and out, twisties and all the rolling that will make you think you've been thru a marathon by the time you're done. Probably a true beginner shouldn't attempt it all. Go 4 or 5 miles then turn back.

And have an elecrolyte repacement.

Customer Service

There is only one 17 mile route with what might be several bailout points (and if you can find your way through all the meadows maybe more).

Similar Products Used: Silver Lake in Highland--much the same without the meadows---but only 4 miles long.
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2
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Mark Shepherd   [Mar 02, 2003]

this trail could use a few tree falls or roots. Its a good trail with a few good turns and ups and downs, a beginer should probably go to the trail head and take the west side first as it is more beat down at this time. the opposite, east side of the trail goes through a lot of grassy areas. They should call the trail panther creek, without degrading it by putting our corrupt ex-goveners name on it.
The east lot/boat launch has a fish cleaning area where u can wash your bike if u so desire. It needs to see more riders to beat the trail down. Be sure to bring a extra tube and pump, it has a lot of thorns in some areas.

Customer Service

one route

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3
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Larry Miller   [Apr 01, 2003]

long trail. Not overly technical but fun. Especially for the length. Take fluids and be ready to fix a flat. Thorns everywhere. Good training trail. Good keeping heart rate up and making legs and lungs work.

Customer Service

Can start from the dam or from just off the camping areas

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3
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Mike   [Jun 03, 2003]

Didn't like this trail to much... the riding through the grass is a great work out for the legs... but after 9 miles i found out the trial has a lot of thorns and ended up with two flats. Me being a boyscout didn't have anything to fix them so i was kinda stuck halfway through the trail... i guess it would be alright, wear tick repellent and bring lots of fluids, and stuff to fix flats

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1
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warmachine   [Jun 25, 2003]

very long and meandering, very bumpy , horses have gotten in there and made a mess of some sections, lots of tics be careful for them, and lots and lots of thorns so be sure to bring extra tubes. much to bumpy needs more traffic on it to smooth it out some but still not bad for the middle of illinois farm country.

Customer Service

leave from campsite

Similar Products Used: lake trails in springfield
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Shawn McKinney   [Jul 01, 2003]

This trail lends itself well to a fast rider that can handle sharp turns. Because of its rather long length, 17 miles, you will likely only encounter mountain bikers on the east side of Prairie Lake or anywhere farther than a few miles from the campgrounds on the west side. Great intermediate trail for someone looking to ride for about two hours. The fastest recorded lap was about 1 hour 10 minutes.

The trail was built by the Springfield Area Mountain Bike Association but was designed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources so that they could mow the grass along the whole length of the trail to keep the tics and poison ivy at bay. This accounts for the lack of logs or other more technical features. The prairie sections are getting better with more use while the singltrack in the woods is hard packed and smooth.

On June 22, 2003 SAMBA held a MTB race on this trail with 100 racers and only a few flat tires were reported. I will say that the reported problems with flats are much less likely now and most local riders can ride the trail several times without a problem. If you ride in the early season, soon after the trail opens each year on April 15, the thorns are worse. Remember, a real mountain biker always rides prepared and carries tubes, a pump, and for this trail a lot of water because there is none available on the trail after you leave the campground area.

I am giving this trail a rather high rating because I helped build it and because of its the longest trail in Central Illinois.

Customer Service

From the trail head, go clockwise across the dam to reach the more interesting singletrack on the east side of Prairie Lake at the beginning of your ride. The trail can be riden in either direction. You can get to a shorter loop with a lot of singletrack off of Sittler Road. Visit www.sambariders.org for more info and directions.

Similar Products Used: During the summer of 2003, SAMBA will complete a shorter, more technical trail at this park that wraps around Drake Lake and can be riden now. However, be prepared for more flat tires until it is finished.
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4
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Keith Kinney   [Jul 03, 2003]

A fun ride, but the prarie grass got a little old at times. Take some "off" repellent you'll need it. If you stop in the grass watch out for the ticks, I found 10 crawlers throughout the ride. One flat tire, from a small thorn. Excellent workout regardless.

Customer Service

Go across the dam, its much less confusing then the other direction. There are some forks in the trail if you go counterclockwise that are somewhat misleading.

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3
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Samba Guy   [Jul 07, 2003]

This trail is deserving of a higher rating than one time riders have given it. It's not technical but as a frequent rider of it I can say it has a certain difficulty all it's own. It's fast, twisty, and has lots of steep short climbs. Flats have never been much of a problem for me. Don't blame the trail if your not smart enough to carry a spare tube or patch kit. For those that complain that it's too bumpy, show me a new trail that's not! The more it's ridden the smoother it becomes.

Customer Service

Counter clock-wise strating at the trail-head.

Similar Products Used: Kickapoo, Jubilee, Farmdale, Comlara
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