Touch of Nature Mountain Bike Trails
For all donations $20 or more you will earn one cup of press pot coffee from Longbranch Cafe & Bakery in downtown Carbondale!*
For all donations $50 or more you will earn a Touch of Nature one-year membership along with a Touch of Nature t-shirt!
Southern Illinois University’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center encompasses 3,100 acres of new-growth, hardwood forest in the midst of the most biodiverse region of the U.S. For over 60 years, the land and the people of Touch of Nature have provided experiences that test comfort zones and inspire appreciation for the outdoors and the natural environment.
The International Mountain Bicycling Association has designed just under 30 miles of trails at Touch of Nature. The trail system is envisioned as a new offering of beginner through expert level traditional and mountain bike optimized trails. An interconnected system of trails will allow riders to work on their technique with slope-style features, a technical skills course, and steep and rocky downhill trails. Then, as they get their skills down, they can venture on to explore sandstone outcroppings and experience beautiful views of Indian Creek and its surroundings in a whole new way.
The Multi-use Mountain Bike Trail Project strives to fulfill these goals:
Provide new recreational opportunities for southern Illinois locals and visitors to explore our unique natural landscape.
Provide Southern Illinois University students with an asset not many other universities can match.
Educate users on the local environment and help them recognize the importance of conservation.
- Provide a creative way to tie the Carbondale urban environment to the Shawnee National Forest.
Recognize volunteerism is a high emphasis of SIU and the surrounding community, and there is a strong commitment to this project and the maintenance necessary to maintain the trails.
* In order to claim your cup please add your name to the Donor Wall on this site, and bring your donation receipt to Longbranch. Please wait until April 21st to redeem your coffee!