When most people think about riding in Illinois, rocks are not usually the first thing that come to mind. Well, for those of you who aren't aware of it yet, there's plenty of rocky, technical riding in the Shawnee National Forest near Carbondale.
Our friends down at SMBA are working hard on some existing trails there that needed a little TLC. If you like Chubb and Greensfelder, with maybe a little of Matson Hill thrown in for good measure, then this is the place for you.
Pete and Gigi were down there recently and kindly submitted a few photos of their ride on the Cove Hollow Trail. Cove Hollow and the Cedar Lake Trail share a common trailhead, so you can get in a tough ride of up to 22 miles if you're so inclined.
There are other trails down there as well, so check out the website.