Farmdale Reservoir is managed by the Army Corps of Engineers, and they have allowed the creation of a very nice system of trails. There are approximately 15 miles of trails here, with an excellent mix of fast open stretches and tight, twisty singletrack, with many fun gravity dips and ravines. Farmdale also hosts a sweet downhill run, a MTX/dirt jump course, and a freeride/stunt section. Farmdale regularly hosts races in the I74 Race Series, as well as the annual PAMBA fall festival, and was home to the 2007 & 2008 Midwest Mountain Bike Festival.
Park Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Trail status phone number: 309-676-4601. Enter option 3 when prompted.
Please obey the general trail rules. The trails are closed for 24 hours following rain.
Trail map: (click on the image for a larger map)
Directions to the trail head: (from Peoria)
Take I-74 East, across the river. Take Exit 95B, East Camp Street. Camp street will shortly merge into East Washington street. Continue on Washington street for about 2 miles, until you reach Farmdale Road. The intersection is marked with a light, and you will see a McDonald’s on the left, and Huck’s station on the right. Turn right onto Farmdale road. This road is windy, and crosses the railroad tracks multiple times. You will eventually reach a brown sign pointing the way to Farmdale. Make a left at Bittersweet road, and stay left at the next intersection and follow the road up the hill. Eventually you will see the dam and another sign. Continue down the hill from the dam to the parking lot on the right.
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