Here you will find cycling routes that I have ridden and recomend in the area. They are probably safe, but as always you ride at you’re own risk. GPX files can be loaded into a variety of software and websites.
Dirty South 100K
This may be one of the most difficult routes possible to take in Southeastern Illinois, it includes steep gravel climbs, paved climbs, gravel trails and a few flat roads. It can be ridden on a road bike, but cross bike or a mountain bike with slicks is a better choice.
Tunnel Hill – Bald Knob Century
This 100 mile ride is one of the toughest routes in the center of the region. Its very scenic and hardly ever flat. It begins at the rail trail parking lot in Tunnel Hill which has water, bathrooms and plenty of parking. The halfway point is Bald Knob cross which is one of the highest spots in Southern Illinois. Roads are mostly oil and chip or better, no gravel.