A group of us took a ride around Lake Jacksonville this morning, and thought it would be a perfect official bike route for the Town Brook group!

MapMyRide route around Lake Jacksonville

Map of a bike route to Lake Jacksonville.

You can see the Lake Jacksonville bike trip at MapMyRide.com (check out the fly-by video). We started our ride at Duncan Park; rode to the east end of town then down to Mauvaiseterre Lake; took country roads to Lake Jacksonville; a bit of bushwhacking over the Lake Jacksonville spillway; around the lake; back into town; past some parks and ended up again at Duncan Park.


Some of the sights along and near the route:

  • Duncan Park
  • Gov. Duncan Mansion (Rev. James Caldwell Chapter of the  National Society Daughters of the American Revolution)
  • Historic homes along State Street
  • Looking for Lincoln sites and audio tour
  • newly opened square, downtown Jacksonville
  • MacMurray College
  • Routt Catholic High School and Our Saviour School
  • Historic Gen. Grierson Home
  • Pioneer Heritage Foundation Zion Camp
  • Foreman Grove
  • Cool railroad underpass, old MacMurray College football field and area’s sledding hill
  • Jacksonville Country Club
  • Lake Mauvaiseterre
  • Barton Warren Stone historical marker
  • Lake Jacksonville campgrounds and spillway
  • Freudenberg Scout Wilderness Area (Honest Abe District Boy Scout camp)
  • Asbury United Methodist Church
  • Western Illinois Youth Camp
  • Emma Mae Leonhard wildlife sanctuary, nature trails plus mountain biking trails (group page)
  • Morgan Lake
  • Nichols Park & The Links golf course
  • Godfrey Park/Play-For-All Park
  • Community Park
  • Jacksonville Farmers Market at Lincoln Square
  • Town Brook
  • Turner Junior High School
  • Illinois College

Beautiful views of farmland along the way. Notable fauna includes turkeys, a fox, blue herons and other birds. The route is about 24 miles, add miles by heading south from Lake Jacksonville towards Nortonville (a low-traffic part of the county, mostly local traffic). The route is a great way to see the highlights of Jacksonville and southwest Morgan County.