The Quad Cities is at the crossroads of the national Mississippi River Trail and American Discovery Trail. Whether you're into riverfront bike paths, in-town cruising or mountain biking, the Quad Cities has over 100 miles of trails to enjoy.
Crossing the River
If you want to cross the Mississippi River, you can cross between Davenport, Iowa, and Rock Island, Illinois, using the Government Bridge sidewalk and the Rock Island viaduct bridge that keeps bicyclists and pedestrians separate from vehicle traffic. The Centennial Bridge (Hwy 67) also has a separate sidewalk.
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.
Great River Trail
62.5 miles, paved
The Great River Trail in Illinois offers just that opportunity for bicycle enthusiasts. Cyclists nationally and internationally are enjoying the hard surface bike trails that run from Rock Island, Illinois, to Savanna, Illinois. The whole trail system measures 10 feet in width to allow bikers and walkers plenty of passing room.
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
If you head east from Moline, 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 to Empire Park = 5.5 miles
If you head west from Moline, you'll head into Rock Island. At the border between the cities is the Quad City Botanical Center
and the causeway to Arsenal Island before reaching Schwiebert Riverfront Park
in downtown Rock Island. Moline to Rock Island = 3.5 miles
Take time to stop in at the art galleries and shops, 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.
13 miles, paved
The paved RiverWay Trail that runs through the Iowa Quad Cities follows the majestic Mississippi beginning at Credit Island Park in Davenport and continuing through a charming neighborhoods, historic villages, and beautiful riverfront parks through Bettendorf and into Riverdale.
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
If you head west, you'll see the Freight House complex with the Farmers Market
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, explore the beautiful trails or follow the trail a little farther to go over the new Credit Island Bridge. Past the 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. Davenport to 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. Davenport to Bettendorf = 6 miles
6 miles, paved
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.)
Duck Creek Parkway
13.5 miles, paved
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.
6.5 miles, paved
This trail is located along the Rock River, east from Green Valley Sports Complex
at 60th Street and west into Rock Island. This trail also provides access to cross the Rock River to Milan via the Rock Island-Milan Beltway Bridge. The terrain is flat and utilizes roads, sidewalks, and separated paths on the south side of town. This trail is perfect for cyclists, walkers, and runners of all abilities. The terrain is flat and surface is crushed stone, asphalt, and concrete. A large portion utilizes city streets, but also has sections of separated trail, including a section running through Green Valley Nature Preserve.
Sunderbruch Park Trail
7 miles, mountainous
Sunderbruch Park in Davenport, Iowa, is comprised of 99% singletrack trails with a full gamut of difficulty levels (green to black diamond). Sunderbruch's GREEN trails boast 2 miles of the most beautiful wooded scenery found in Davenport and test riders with a few small, beginner log crossings, one ladder bridge and one corduroy feature. BLUE trails offer riders moderate changes in elevation, some rooted and off-camber terrain, and a variety of corduroy sections and log-crossings. BLACK trails greet riders with fast descents and challenging climbs, creek crossings, some narrow winding trails, roots, skinnies, drops, and a plethora of logs.
Scott County Park Trail
10.5 miles, mountainous
The flowing, fast singletrack mountain bike trails are in Scott County Park in Long Grove, Iowa, and it starts at Pride Lake. There are a couple different loops for riders to follow on the southeast side of the park.
Illiniwek Park Trail
5 miles, mountainous
Illiniwek Forest Preserve in Hampton, Illinois, is home to the Quad Cities newest mountain bike trail system offering a wide range of amenities with elevation changes and flowing corners on 5 miles of singletrack trail set amongst the bluffs of northern Rock Island County.
Westbrook Park Trail
2 miles, mountainous
At Westbrook Park in DeWitt, Iowa, four loops of new singletrack trail have been constructed. These trails were designed with meandering curves and made to reduce the use of straight lines and tight corners to improve flow and maintain a more natural experience.