Biking Guide

Iowa Mississippi River Trail

Visitor Center at Union Station
Starting out at the Visitor Center at Union Station, you can head east or west on the bike path. It's a flat, paved trail great for riders of any skill level. With these exciting places along the trail, you'll want to make time for a stop or two.

Downtown Davenport
Take time to make a few stops to visit the Figge Art Museum, River Music Experience, Bucktown Center for the Arts, German American Heritage Center, or stop for lunch or dinner at the many restaurants or try a local micro-brew. Overnight at the Hotel Blackhawk or Radisson Quad City Plaza.

West Davenport
If you head west, you'll see the Freight House complex with the Farmers Market, QC Food Hub, and Front Street Brewery Tasting Room. Home to the Quad Cities River Bandits, Modern Woodmen Park is touted as the ballpark with the best view. Make plans to go to a game! The River's Edge has indoor ice skating or you'll go by the Centennial Park sprayground (if you need to cool off). Following the river, you'll end at Credit Island where you can play disc golf or rent a canoe or kayak at Princeton Outdoor Adventures, see the Seurat statues, and follow the trail a little farther to go over the new Credit Island Bridge. You can also ride on the low-traffic road a little bit farther to visit Nahant Marsh, 500 acres of wetlands, with a boardwalk trail, hiking trails, and education center.
Union Station » Credit Island = 2.5 miles

East Davenport & Bettendorf
If you head east from the Visitor Center at Union Station, you'll continue through the downtown and see the Rhythm City Casino, Skybridge, Lock & Dam 15, Government Bridge, and the historic Village of East Davenport with shops and restaurants to explore. Follow the riverfront path as you take in the expanse of the Mississippi River, public art pieces along the trail, and the beautiful historic riverfront homes on the bluff. Entering Bettendorf, you'll see the Isle Casino Hotel. Continuing from that point is a new section of the trail that follows the river until you connect with the Duck Creek Park Trail.
Union Station » Bettendorf = 6 miles

Duck Creek
Duck Creek Parkway is a 13.5-mile ride through a unique urban greenbelt. It provides a wide variety of scenic and recreational opporunities, passing through native woodlands and wetlands as well as urban housing areas. Along the way, you'll also pass through eight different city parks as well as Duck Creek Golf Course and Emeis Golf Course. The trail is accessible at various points along the route and parking is available at any of the municipal parks. The trail also connects to the Mississippi River Trail via minimal travel over surface roads.

Illinois Great River Trail

Visitor Center at Bass Street Landing
The entire Great River Trail is 62 miles long, but save the whole thing for another day. Starting out at the Visitor Center at Bass Street Landing, you can head east or west on the bike path. It's another flat, paved trail great for riders of any skill level.

Downtown Moline
Take time to visit the John Deere Pavilion, or stop for lunch or dinner at the many restaurants or try a local micro-brew. Overnight at the Stoney Creek Inn or Radisson on John Deere Commons.

East Moline
If you head east, you'll be riding along the part of the trail named the Ben Butterworth Parkway with sweeping views of the Mississippi River. You'll see the Celebration Belle riverboat, new Western Illinois University - Quad Cities campus, before entering East Moline with the John Deere Harvester Works combine factory, and finally Empire Park with its picnic shelters and large wooden playground equipment. It's a good turn-around and resting point.
Moline » Empire Park = 5.5 miles

Rock Island
If you head west, you'll head out of Moline and into Rock Island. At the border between the cities is Sylvan Island. You'll see the Quad City Botanical Center and the causeway to Arsenal Island before reaching Schwiebert Riverfront Park in downtown Rock Island.
Moline » Rock Island = 3.5 miles

Take time to stop in at the art galleries and shops, The District Visitor Center, or stop for lunch or dinner at the many restaurants or try a local micro-brew. Overnight at the Holiday Inn Rock Island.

You can ride another 4 miles to reach the start of the Great River Trail at Sunset Marina. This area provides even more beautiful views of the river and winds through a park-like setting.

Rock Island Arsenal

Arsenal Island Bike Trail
Ride around the historic Rock Island Arsenal Island (3 miles long by 3/4 of a mile wide) from 7 a.m. to dusk. The US Government has owned the island since 1804, and established it as a working arsenal in 1862. The Rock Island Arsenal has played a major role supplying troops from the Civil War to today. Once on the island, you will feel like you have entered a small city. Visit the Arsenal Museum, Colonel Davenport House, Mississippi River Visitor Center, National and Confederate Cemeteries, and bike by Quarters One - the former commanding general's home. (U.S. ID required for people 16+ years. Helmets and safety equipment are required for all bikers.) Stop for a bite to eat at the Arsenal Island Golf Club.

Crossing the River

Cross by Trail
Cross between Davenport, Iowa, and Rock Island, Illinois, using the Government Bridge sidewalk and a new section of path that was added to the Rock Island viaduct bridge to keep bicyclists separate from vehicle traffic. The Centennial Bridge also has a separate sidewalk.

Cross by Boat
The Channel Cat Water Taxi can take you and your bike aboard as it travels to the four landings around the Quad Cities in a continuous loop throughout the day. Stops are at the Village of East Davenport, Isle Casino Hotel, John Deere Commons, and the Ben Butterworth Parkway. Operates Memorial Day-end of September.