Gateway East Trails is involved with the planning, design, construction and fundraising to develop new multi-use trails and cycling-safe routes in the region. The Trestle Trail, opened to the public in 2018, is our first completed project connecting the town of Lebanon, IL with the county road network to the south and east of town.
Trestle Trail - Lebanon, Illinois
The Trestle Trail is our first completed project, named for the former Baltimore & Ohio (CSX) railroad bridge passing overhead. Officially opened on September 1, 2018, this short connector trail allows bicyclists and pedestrians to avoid traffic and access the lightly traveled roads southeast of Lebanon. The trail offers a quiet passage through a wooded scene along Little Silver Creek and on into the flat expanses of Looking Glass Prairie.
The trail is open from dusk to dawn and consists of a packed crushed limestone surface. In September 2019, a 200-foot section of the trail was upgraded to poured concrete.
Where: The trail connects the east end of East McAllister Street in Lebanon with Korte Sewald Road in St. Clair County. View on map and get directions
Who: The Trestle Trail is open to bicycle and pedestrian traffic.
The Trolley Trail, currently in the planning stage, is our project to build a trail to connect Lebanon and O'Fallon, including a new bridge over Silver Creek. The trail's path, located just north of Highway 50, will take it over the abandoned former interurban trolley line that once connected Lebanon with St. Louis.
Where: The trail will connect the southwestern end of Belleville Street in Lebanon with Rieder Road on the west side of Silver Creek. Location of Trolley Trail
Gateway East Trails has several trails in the concept and planning stages:
A combined trail and bike route connection along Reider Road from the west end of the planned Trolley Trail across Interstate 64 to Wherry Road.
A combined trail and bike route connection from Lebanon to Mascoutah, Illinois.
Help build trails in southwestern Illinois by donating to Gateway East Trails. Your donation is tax deductible.