Mountain Biking & Hiking

What we offer…

Wildlife Prairie Park now offers over 20 miles of well maintained mountain biking, hiking, trail running, XC skiing and snow shoeing trails. 

The History 

In 2010, work began developing a mountain bike/outdoor recreation park on the west side of Taylor Rd directly across from the park’s main entrance.  Bill Rutherford, Wildlife’s founder,  had acquired this beautiful property with dreams of building bike paths, hiking trails, fishing lakes, and other recreational opportunities for the park’s visitors.  
In realization of Mr.  Rutherford’s dream, there are now 12 miles of trails on the “West Side” of Taylor Rd with 3 miles of wide “2-track” beginner trail, 8 miles of thrilling beginner/intermediate single track, bits and pieces for the advanced rider or hiker all winding through a network of ponds and lakes.  In 2014, a “pump track” was added to the mountain bike park.  This feature is very popular with both young and old mountain bikers, beginner or advanced.   Though the track provides a low risk environment for mastering bike handling skills, it also scores an extremely high fun factor!  
In the spring of 2014, the main park (“East Side”) opened its hiking trails to mountain biking.  These 3 foot wide trails are perfect for families and individuals who want to ride their bikes away from the dangers of traffic all the while immersed in the beauty of the park’s “east side”. In the winter, these trails become a mecca for XC skiing and the new mountain biking genre called “fat biking”.  Through snow, ice, and sand, fat bikers can ride it all.  It’s just impossible to get the smile off their faces!
Our biking trails are well groomed and maintained in conjunction with the Peoria Area Mountain Biking Association. Our hiking trails are rugged so please wear good shoes and we suggest to bring bug spray!

We invite you to enjoy!

From the wide, family friendly trails that are found on the parks’ east side, to the west side’s treasured single track & pump track, there is truly something to satisfy every level of rider and hiker at Wildlife Prairie Park.
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