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Map of the MCT Quercus Grove Trail

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MCT Quercus Grove Trail

MCT Quercus Trail Illinois map area

MCT Quercus Grove Trail

LENGTH:

18.9 miles

SURFACE:

paved / crushed limestone

COMMUNITIES:

Edwardsville, Hamel, Worden, Staunton

HIGHLIGHTS:

farmland, Sam Vadalabene Field, small communities

NEARBY TRAILS:

MCT Nickel Plate Trail

RELATED LINKS:

East St Louis
Regional Trails

The MCT Quercus Grove Trail is a 18.9-mile long paved and crushed limestone pathway that extends from Edwardsville to Staunton in Southern Illinois. The trail is a part of the Madison County Transit system of recreational trails and connects the outer suburbs of East St. Louis with the Southern Illinois countryside. The southern portion goes past the residential areas of Edwardsville. North of the city, the trail goes past groves of hardwood trees and wide open farmland.

There are four separate section of the trail with short gaps in between where trail users will need to use local roads to get to the next section.

Conditions

The MCT Quercus Grove Trail is open for non-motorized use such as bike riding and walking.The trail goes past a number of local parks with parking and restroom facilities.

The trail is mostly paved with asphalt with a couple of sections with a surface of compacted crushed limestone. Of the most southerly section, the portion around Edwardsville is paved with asphalt. North of the Hazel Road crossing, the surface has a compacted crushed limestone surface to Jerusalem Road. The section that parallels State Route 157, south of Hamel is paved with asphalt. The section from Hamel to Spangle Road is paved with asphalt. The most northerly section from Spangle Road north, has a surface of compacted crushed limestone for the southerly 1/2 mile, but is paved for the rest of the way to Staunton.

Points of Interest

The MCT Quercus Grove Trail goes past the following points of interest: Sam Vadalabene Field, Hamel Community Park and Worden Community Park.

Nearby Trails

The MCT Quercus Grove Trail is a part of the Madison County Transit system of recreational trails. The south end of the MCT Quercus Grove Trail connects to the MCT Nickel Plate Trail, which in turn connects to other trails in the system. This intersection is located at E. Schwarz Street and Springer Avenue in Edwardsville.

The MCT Quercus Grove Trail also connects to trails within Sam Vadalabene Field and Worden Community Park.

Communities

The MCT Quercus Grove Trail goes past the following communities in Southern Illinois: Edwardsville, Hamel, Worden and Staunton.

End Points & route Description

The MCT Quercus Grove Trail consists of four separate sections with short gaps in between the sections.

The northern end of the MCT Quercus Grove Trail is located at W. 6th Street and S. Union Street on the south side of Staunton. This 2.3-mile long paved and unpaved section ends at Spangle Road, 0.3 miles west of Route 2. There is a 1/4 mile gap to the next section along Spangle Road.

The north end of the second 6.5-mile long paved section starts at Spangle Road, just west of Route 2. This section goes through the community of Worden and there is parking and a restroom available at Worden Community Park. The south end of this section is located at Schroeder Avenue in Hamel. There is parking and a restroom available at Hamel Community Park on W. State Street.

The next 2.2-mile long paved section starts at Trotter Road in Hamel and follows State Route 157 to Maple Road. To get to the next section, trail users will need to turn west on Jerusalem Road and travel 3/4 of a mile.

The most southerly 5.8-mile long unpaved and paved section of the MCT Quercus Grove Trail extends from Jerusalem Road, at 3/4 miles west of State Route 157 to E. Schwartz Street and Springer Avenue in Edwardsville where it intersects the MCT Nickelplate Trail.


Resources

Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the MCT Quercus Grove Trail in Madison County in Southern Illinois

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