Argyle Lake State Park - TRAIL

Argyle Lake State Park - Trail, Colchester, Illinois

Lots of challenging single track and wider trails. All kinds of roots and railroad ties to challenge experienced riders on technical climbs and descents. Trail is not well marked yet so try to go with some one who knows the trail. For more info. contact Changing Gears Ltd. in Macomb Il at 309-836-7433.

User Reviews (10)

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Bob Kees   [Feb 14, 1999]

I don't get too many opportunities to ride this set of trail lately, but while I was in grad school at Western Illinois University I rode there at least 3-4 times a week. Some of the main trail is very tame and an excellent opportunity for less experienced riders. Although some sections are tame, some can get as radical as any rider wants. There are several miles of trails and a rider can rage through about a 9-10 mile loop from the mountain bike parking lot. One of the most appealing aspects of this ride has got to be that there are very few riders out there. The lack of traffic coupled with the linear trail design (it runs a long loop as opposed to many short switchback sections in a small area)always allowed me the opportunity to go out a really hammer the trails. As always I wish the trail was entirely made up of singletrack, but all in all this an a very good place for people of all levels to go out and ride at your level. Besides it doesn't hurt that you can camp there at the park and ride all day long!

Customer Service

Follow Jeff's directions or call Changing Gears

Similar Products Used: Jubilee College park (stay to the single track sections off to the left of the trail head parking)
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Eric   [Jul 01, 1999]

I hate horses!!!! Okay, I think they're beautiful animals, but they make sh*t out of an otherwise very promising trail! I spent almost as much time walking around cratered mudholes as I did in the saddle. And I'm not just talking about a few bumps! So anyway, that was a huge hassle. As someone mentioned before, the trails aren't that well-marked, so I ended up on horse-only trails a couple times. Luckily, I saw all of 3 or 4 other souls out there total.
The parts that were rideable were most all pretty fun, especially singletrack through the woods. And if you are feeling a little shaky, there were a few places you could hop back on the road if you wanted to (I didn't, of course).
So in a nutshell, the good points were secludedness and the pretty good amount of fun terrain (4 tires), and the trouble was maintenance/horses (1 tire).
Happy riding!

Customer Service

I just went from the parking lot (just off the main road to your left as you enter the park) and did the entire loop clockwise. I didn't see any signs indicating which way is the right way if it's one way.

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Jason   [Sep 22, 1999]

Like everyone has said......there is something for everyone at this park. I used to ride there quite a bit till I moved to VA. I always thought is was a good time at Argyle and I understand that there is another section of trail opened. Oh ya, there is a Race there every year called Blood, Sweat and Gears, usually in October.

Customer Service

Follow Jeff's instructions and call him at the shop.

Similar Products Used: Jubliee State Park (spend a day getting lost on the North Side of the Park.....NORTH SIDE!!!!!)
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5
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Eric   [Nov 29, 1999]

I rode this trail last weekend with my dad, and it was in MUCH better shape than it was when I tolerated it in September. The horses' damage had been somewhat smoothed out, although there were still quite a few "trail apples" and a few sections where they gave up and put in crushed stone. The cornfield section at the north edge of the park is still bumpy and unexciting, but the singletrack was much more fun this time.

Customer Service

Follow the signs. It's pretty much just one big loop with a few spots you can choose one way or another

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4
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Kyle Peterson   [Jun 02, 2000]

For a boring place such as the Macomb area the biking out at Argyle is not that bad. Many trails to choose from with a large loop. However the directions throughout the park are not that great so you have to decide as you go and end up where ever it takes you. Several trips around the lake and you will get the jist of it. Some good climbs and descents, plenty of turns. Some of the trails are overgrown. The real problem that I have with the trails are the remains of horse hooves. The trails are sometimes really torn up, especially after it rains. There is plenty of horse shit to avoid also. The trails are intermediate level and should occupy you well.

Customer Service

Signs and maps are not that good so go as you please.

Similar Products Used: Jubilee College State Park
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Jeff   [Jun 28, 2001]

For those who have not been to Argyle recently we have added alot of new single track that will blow your mind. The trail is almost all single track with jumps and some North Shore type obstacles to challenge all riders. One problem though, we have hidden the entrances to the trails so that the fucking horse riders can't find them. If you come to Argyle to ride be on the look out for small side trails that look overgrown and places where it looks like a trail may begin off to the side. These side trails often lead to some of the best single track in the park. We have organized a group ride on thursday evenings for the summer of 2001 so come join us and we will show you how awsome Argyle is.

Customer Service

Go to Colchester IL and turn north on Coal St. and this will take you to the entrance of Argyle.

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Ryan   [Apr 03, 2002]

I have attended western for three years now and I ride Arglye about 1 to 4 times a week in the summer. I really enjoy the single track out there, but like it was said by the others, look for those hidden trails. Trust me once you get back in there a bit you will have some good times. I have found going counterclock wise around the park is the most fun. (i.e. not quite as many steep climbs, at least in my opinion.) It is a great place for beginers as well as those that are more experienced. I personaly have learned quite a bit riding with the guys out there and have ridden some realy great trails lately. So if you are in the area go for a ride, look out for the damn horse trails, and keep a sharp eye out for those bonus trails!

Customer Service

However you please.

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3
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Tom   [Apr 08, 2002]

It took about four trips there on on foot to find the "real trails" but man was it worth it! There are some serious trails there that are pure singletrack. Someone has spent some time maintaining them as well.(I am unaware of any efforts to inhibit riders from using these trails) Since then I have found enough trails to occupy about 3-4 hours of riding time at the park. Creek crossings, switchbacks, roots, rocks you name it, and it's there. If you live near by and want to try it out be on the look out for ANY indication of trails that lead off of the main mountain bike paths. Many of these are hidden by branches and sticks by riders who don't want them messed up by horses. Most of the trails that I know of are about a mile into the designated mountain bike/horse trails. A word of caution though, I wouldn't travel a great distance, you may be somewhat dissapointed, but if you live near by, it is a pretty sweet adventure hunting for trails! Also, the trails are crap after a good rain, especially if horses have been through the area. And if you do find the trails I've been talking about remember to replace any branches you move to keep the horses out, and don't go on any hiker only trails!

Customer Service

start at the designated mountain bike parking lot. Stay on the horse/bike paths. Keep an eye out for unmarked trails. (There are hiking only, and horse only trails as well.)

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4
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mark   [Oct 02, 2002]

Due to parks new policy we are not allowed to ride the trail we built over the last few years. We were ordered to remove our bridges and any other obstacle that the horses could not go over. We have not cleaned the trail as of march of this year. Our focus is now of our new city park trail (no horses) at springlake two miles north of macomb il. contact mark,tod,or alec at the bike shop 309 833 5748 for more info. sorry it was a great little trail.

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none

Similar Products Used: springlake macomb illinois , fox intermedate and deer novice
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Richard Wallen   [May 17, 2003]

The bikes trails at Argyle are for the most part gone.
I helped with the trail building and can say that the staff at the lake quit supporting us. So we have focused our time to Spring Lake in Macomb.

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NONE

Similar Products Used: Spring Lake @ Macomb
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