1 Garman Park - TRAIL

1 Garman Park - Trail, DECATUR, Illinois

Rolling, semi-technical, logs, small drops, tight and narrow, and fast, good climbing for such a short trail. It will feel like you rode more than you do. Cool wet creek crossings. No hunting, no horses, no ATV's very well built trail, three different loops with increasing difficulty. Bring Grandma for the recreational singletrack 1.2 miles, bring the wife for the first 1.5 miles of narrow singletrack, have a blast on the rest of the singletrack for yourself. Not an extreme trail, just a good in town ride.

User Reviews (14)

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gregg winchester   Cross Country Rider [Apr 25, 2016]

The trails at Garman have come a long way in the last couple years. It is being maintained by a small group of riders and myself. 2 new loops were added on the south side last year plus a dry crossing over the creek. Another trail on the north side is nearly complete with plans for more expansion. It is a small area but a great place for a quick ride if you don't have much time.

Customer Service

One way

Similar Products Used: Camp Camfield Kickapoo Comlara Farmdale
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3
VALUE
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3
Robert Simer   Downhiller [Sep 30, 2015]

Today I made it out to Garman for the second time this year, the first time it looked as if the park district was making progress on cleaning up the area and today I discovered many improvements. To start the path to get across the stream is now a plank trail made out of a fallen tree and it was very nicely constructed. The wood bridges have all been updated and the berms are in a little better shape. I have been going out there since 2012 and I have to say this is the best it has looked since I started coming and it looked as if there were going to be more improvements coming soon. I'm excited to see what's to come for Garman. I'm from the area and I love this trail. Also it looks as if they are starting to extend the trail where the power lines are on the other side of the stream. This trail has very much potential and I wish there was a way I could help work on the trail. If so let me know.

Customer Service

Enter in through the far right entrance. But the trail is small enough either way does not matter.

Similar Products Used: Farmdale Reservior in East Peoria/Farmington Illinois.
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3
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2
Green-O   Weekend Warrior [Apr 21, 2011]

This trail is still open. CIMBA(Decatur)had done some great work to it last year. A bridge was out and they made a work around. I haven't been out there this year so they may have the bridge fixed. It's not a real long trail by any means, but it's a fun trail if you are in the area.

there is another CIMBA for Sullivan IL-Shelbyville-Camp Camfield-they may be the same group.

Customer Service

Ride the whole thing and then go back over some of the more interesting sections a few more times.

Similar Products Used: All Peoria trails, Bloomington's Comlara Park, Kickapoo State Park, Camp Camfield in Sullivan.
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3
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2
ggssssww   Cross Country Rider [Apr 13, 2009]

It is my understanding that this trail has been closed and no longer in use.

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1
VALUE
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1
kvn2833   Cross Country Rider [Sep 27, 2007]

Fun short little trail, makes good use of available land. Properly built trail. I only made it around twice before i got a two inch thorn in my front tire, had to walk back to truck for a repair. There are trucks starting to encroach on the trail and come and dump cut trees and foliage almost on the trails. Before long they will probably destroy the trail. Besides those two negatives i liked this trail.

Customer Service

everywhich way you can come up with, its short.

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3
VALUE
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2
special1158   Weekend Warrior [Apr 10, 2005]

Its a great trail if your pressed for time and cant go anywhere else. The drainage is terrible and the track is all but unridable unless conditions have been really dry. Im not that great of a rider and the water crossing is a pain. The backside is almost verticle and has large rocks you cant see till its too late. The water crossing makes half the trail unaccessable when the creeks up or the weather is cold. This place really needs a bridge so you could ride in the winter.

Customer Service

Really only one way to go.

Similar Products Used: Camp Canfield by Sullivan, Comlara Park at Bloomington,Kickapoo St. Park Danville.
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2
VALUE
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3
Gherkin   Weekend Warrior [Dec 01, 2003]

I just rode this trail for the first time on Friday, Nov. 18. WOW is what I have to say after that ride. I live in the Chicago area and did not expect much, but I found plenty of obstacles that challenged me and went beyond me. I haven't been on trails outside of Illinois so I might not be the best judge, but I had a lot of fun. They have started building some north shore-style riding on the other side of the creek, which is turning out very nice. The only complaint I have is getting across that creek in the cold temperatures. I ended up driving around to a trailer park and hiking through the woods carrying my bike to ride the trails on the others side of the creek.

Customer Service

Ride it all it's short enough why not.

Similar Products Used: I'm not familiar with any trails in the area, but I definitly recommend Palos Forest Preserve in the Chicago area.
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4
VALUE
RATING
3
sambarider   Cross Country Rider [Oct 09, 2003]

First I'll start by stating I'm one of the trail builders. First I'll start by stating I'm one of the trail builders. This is a good example of how to build a trail in limited space and yet make it appear to the rider that it's much longer. To the previous reviewer it's only just under 3 miles long. Most people think it's about 5 miles or so long. There's a bit of everything packed into this one. Tight twisty sections, multiple switch-backs, single logs and log piles, two creek crossings where the water can be 2 inches or two feet deep and all built to IMBA's specifications. No, it's not a race course. Yes, it is a FUN trail!

Customer Service

For your first time try clock-wise, then change directions for an entirely different experience.

Similar Products Used: Not many near by. Try Camp Camfield or Lick Creek in Springfield. If you don't mind a drive any Peoria trail or Kickapoo or Comlara.
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4
VALUE
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3
LowJoeMountainBiker   Weekend Warrior [Oct 05, 2003]

WOW! What a great use of very limited space! These CIMBA guys were able to put in what I got to be about 4 3/4 miles of of road riding in a very tight space! I think there is only about 20-30 acres of land out there....but WOW! they layed down a great trail for that small area. I've road trails all over the nation and I have to say that this trail has the best variety of flow and design I have ever seen in a inner city trail. They really know there stuff! It would be awsome if they could get the use of a bigger area in Decatur to build on....just imagine what kind of trail they would be able to put in a 300 acre place. I am really stoked about riding in Decatur again. This trail is a blast and easy to get around on too. Get here and try it out!

Similar Products Used: Camp Camfield near Sullivan ****, Dirkson Park in Pekin *****, Kickapoo in Danville *****, Farmdale near Peoria ****.
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5
VALUE
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5
pacen1492   Cross Country Rider [Sep 28, 2003]

I just got back from riding this trail for the first time today. What a blast! The only problem with it was the lack of signage. It would be very hard to get lost there, but with the different loops perhaps different color paint marks on the trees would work. The trails are tight and twisty with short climbs, nicely built switchbacks, and a couple of creek crossings that ROCK. There are enough technical log hops, bunny hops, and tight routes through narrow trees to make Hans Rey drool. This trail can't be compared with Moab or B.C. riding. Nothing in Illinois can. We just don't have the terrain here. But the way this trail rides we can have just as much fun.

Customer Service

It depends what you want to do. If you want a short easy warm up, hang a left where the trailhead enters the trees. If you want to pull the rip cord right out of the plane, hang a right and drop in.

Similar Products Used: Jubilee College State Park, Peoria Farmdale, Peoria Dirksen, Pekin Comlara, Bloomington (Hudson) JEPC, Springfield (Ashland-Chandlerville)
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
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