Use caution on riverfront trails due to localized flooding.  Check individual trail postings and with local trail managers.

TRAILS FOR LIFE

Trails offer perfect opportunities for Quad Cities' residents and visitors to explore and move. The simplicity of getting out and walking or riding a bike opens trail experiences to all members of the community, regardless of age or ability. From walking the dog to cross country skiing, Quad Cities area trails offer year-round experiences to be active in an informal setting. Trails in the Quad Cities offer diverse opportunities for recreation and offer some spectacular views of the area. Many Quad Cities trails are mostly flat, allowing for family-friendly walks or rides, doubling as active transportation routes for commuters choosing to get a workout while going to and from work or school. 

QC TRAIL GROUPS

There are various Quad Cities Trail Groups that provide an avenue to explore trails with like-minded groups and organizations. There are opportunities for moderate “family-friendly” walks with small groups, as well as larger more strenuous trails that may be more appropriate for more dedicated trail enthusiasts and athletes.  For instance, the American Discovery Trail crosses both the state of Iowa and Illinois and extends a length of 57.3 miles, whereas the Centennial Park Trail is a brisk 0.6 miles that extends through Centennial Park in Davenport, Iowa.

Bi-State Region Trails Committee (Multi-Purpose Trails Planning) • http://bistateonline.org/transportation/2012-11-14-00-04-13/trails-pedestrians/multi-purpose-trail-planning

Quad Cities Bicycle Club • http://www.qcbc.org/

Maps • http://www.qcbc.org/maps/

Events • http://www.qcbc.org/rides/

Friends of Off Road Cycling (FORC) • http://www.qcforc.org/

Maps •  http://www.qcforc.org/content.php?190-quad-cities-area-mountain-bike-trails

River Action • http://www.riveraction.org/http://www.riveraction.org/trails

Quad Cities Wild Places • http://qcwildplaces.com/

Let’s Move Quad Cities • http://letsmoveqc.com/

Ride Illinois • http://rideillinois.org/

Trails for Illinois • http://trailsforillinois.org/

Iowa National Heritage Foundation • http://www.inhf.org/iowa-trails.cfm

Great River Trail • http://greatrivertrail.org/

Mississippi River Trail • 

American Discovery Trail • http://discoverytrail.org/

Grand Illinois Trail • http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/recreation/greenwaysandtrails/Pages/GrandIllinoisTrail.aspx

Hennepin Canal Parkway Trail •  http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/Parks/Pages/HennepinCanal.aspx

Cody Trail • http://www.scottcountyiowa.com/conservation/buffalo-bill-cody-homestead/cody-trail

Illinois Department of Natural Resources •  http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/

Greenways and Trails •  http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/recreation/greenwaysandtrails/Pages/default.aspx

Hiking • http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/Landmgt/Programs/hiking/

Biking • http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/recreation/Biking/Pages/default.aspx

Canoe/Kayaking • http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/recreation/CanoeKayak/Pages/default.aspx

Cross Country/Skiing • http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/recreation/XCountrySki/Pages/default.aspx

Horseback Riding • http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/recreation/HorsebackRiding/Pages/default.aspx

Iowa Department of Natural Resources • http://www.iowadnr.gov

Hiking/Biking Trails  http://www.iowadnr.gov/Things-to-Do/Hiking-Biking

Canoe/Kayaking  http://www.iowadnr.gov/Things-to-Do/Canoeing-Kayaking/Water-Trails

Equestrian • http://www.iowadnr.gov/Things-to-Do/Equestrian

Iowa Trails 2000 • http://www.iowadot.gov/iowabikes/trails/iowatrails2000.html

TrailLink.com • http://www.traillink.com/trail/great-river-trail.aspx

AllTrails.com • http://www.alltrails.com

 

 

 

Trail Tips

Avoid the Ivy

Learn to recognize poison ivy, which commonly grows along the edges of trails, fields, and rivers. If contacted, use soap and a washcloth to vigorously wash the oils from your skin.

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