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American Discovery Trail (ADT)

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Safety: Potential Flooding/Water Hazards, Closed - May 5 –

This trail may currently be closed due to high waters and flooding. The riverfront trail is closed between Credit Island and Marquette. Credit Island will be closed beginning Saturday evening. The riverfront trail between Marquette and LeClaire Park will become affected on Sunday. LeClaire Park will begin to be affected on Sunday. The boat docks at Marquette Landing have been removed. Please consult your local trail manager contacts for more info before heading out.

Trailhead Information

There are many access points and trailheads that ADT trail enthusiasts can utilize. Entering the Quad Cities Region from the east, the trail passes through, or nearby, the cities of Annawan, Atkinson, Geneseo, Colona, Carbon Cliff, Silvis, and East Moline.  As it meets and turns west to parallel the Mississippi River, users can access this national trail at many points, including Empire Park and Beacon Harbor in East Moline; multiple locations along the Ben Butterworth Memorial Parkway in Moline; and nearby QC Botanical Center in Rock Island before the trail crosses the Mississippi River at Arsenal Island.  Running along the north shore of the Mississippi through Davenport, Iowa, trailheads and access points are located at Lindsay Park, LeClaire Park, Veterans Memorial Park, and Credit Island Park.


The American Discovery Trail (ADT) passes through the Quad Cities area on its journey from Pacific to Atlantic coast. The trail is well-established, entering the region in the east along the Hennepin Parkway State Trail. The ADT continues west into Colona, Illinois along the Hennepin Parkway Trail and marked streets. Crossing the Rock River along Illinois State Highway 84, the trail turns northward on marked roads through Carbon Cliff, Silvis, and East Moline, Illinois, where it meets the Great River Trail (GRT) along the Mississippi River. Following the GRT through East Moline, Moline, and into Rock Island, trail enthusiasts will see sweeping views of the Mississippi across to the Iowa shoreline.

The ADT crosses the Mississippi into Iowa from Rock Island, Illinois at historic Arsenal Island, which still serves as a military installation, providing support through commerce and industry to the Nation’s armed forces. It then continues on the Mississippi River Trail (MRT) west through Davenport, across Credit Island, and along the river until it reaches the Davenport/Buffalo border. Farther west on IA-22, a section of the route in Buffalo is now on a paved, off-road trail. 

Other Information

The American Discovery Trail (ADT) traverses the U.S. coast to coast from California to Delaware for more than 6,800 miles across 15 states. In this region, the ADT includes the Great River Trail (GRT) in Rock Island and Moline, and is part of the Mississippi River Trail (MRT), a 3,000 mile trail system that follows the Mississippi River from the headwaters in Itasca, Minnesota to its delta at the Gulf of Mexico near New Orleans, Louisiana. The ADT also includes portions of the Grand Illinois Trail (GIT), a 500-mile trail system linking Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River in northern Illinois.

Elevation Profile

The American Discovery Trail in the Quad Cities region is comprised of many local trails along its route. Please refer to the individual trails that are listed under the section "Show Connector Trails" and view trail postings to see their elevation profiles. [Note: some of these connector trails are trails that intersect the ADT, but are not the ADT route itself.]

Trail Managers

For more information, visit the national American Discovery Trail (ADT) website or contact the ADT office; or local trail managers:

American Discovery Trail

American Discovery Trail
PO Box 20155
Washington, DC 20041-2155
Phone: (800) 663-2387

City of Davenport, Iowa

City of Davenport, Iowa
700 W River Dr
Davenport, IA 52802
Phone: (563) 328-7275

City of East Moline, Illinois

City of East Moline, Illinois
Parks Department
East Moline City Hall
915 16th Avenue
East Moline, IL 61244
Phone: (309) 752-1573

City of Moline, Illinois

City of Moline, Illinois
3635 4th Avenue
Moline, IL 61265
Phone: (309) 524-2424

City of Rock Island, Illinois

City of Rock Island, Illinois
Parks and Recreation Department
4303 24th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201
Phone: (309) 732-7275

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

City of Buffalo, Iowa

City of Buffalo, Iowa
P.O. Box 557
329 Dodge Street
Buffalo, IA 52728
Phone: (563) 381-2226


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Nicole Grohoski - August 14, 2017

Great trail! Thanks for sharing with us!

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