Great Motorcycle Roads in Illinois

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These are some of the best motorcycle roads in Illinois. Click on each map link for the direct Google Maps route. Send us your favorite routes - along with your pictures! [email protected]

Rockford to Dixon

(42 miles)

This road has some great views as it follows the Rock River through heavily wooded areas, rock wall cliffs, scenic farmland and quaint country towns. Castle Rock State Park is a great place to stop and check out the spectacular view of the Rock River Valley and rock formations and ravines.

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Oswego to Jonesville

Route 71 (51 miles)

There's some nice open stretches on the norther side of this route, with views of Ilinois countryside farms. Most of this road is well paved as of 2019. Riding near Ottawa the river views are really nice, and there are some nice tight curves to navigate towards the Starved Rock area. Heavier traffic has been noted more on weekends in this area.

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Carbondale Loop

Routes 127, Old Hwy 51, 51 (46 miles)

This route gives motorcyclists a great ride along the Trail of Tears State Forest with tree-lined roads that cascade down into panoramic views of the rolling countryside. Start in Murphysboro, south to Anna, and back up north to Carbondale. There are many hills and curves, and Old US Hwy 51 has several sharp curves riders with thoroughly enjoy.

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via Google Maps

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