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American Discovery Trail (ADT)

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Trails: Temporary Re-Route - Government Bridge –

This trail has a temporary re-route. Please plan ahead and use caution when using this trail. Check with trail manager contacts for more information.

July 20 - August 31 (Approx. dates)

Monday - Thursday: Crews are replacing the sidewalk on the west (downstream, dam) side of the Government Bridge. Pedestrians must use the east, or upstream, sidewalk accessing from under the stairs at either end of the bridge. Signs are placed at the work boundaries.

Friday - Sunday: Barring unexpected complications both sidewalks are open.

Safety: Potential Flooding/Water Hazards, Open –

This trail is open, but because of its proximity to open water, wetlands, or floodplain, please use caution and be alert for water near the trail or on the trail.

Iowa Riverfront Trail (Davenport) Temporary Closure: River Bandits Baseball Post Game Fireworks –

The Quad City River Bandits will be hosting post game fireworks throughout the baseball season. The bike path along the riverfront between Gaines St. and Beiderbecke Dr. (Davenport) will be closed temporarily during the fireworks. Timing of the fireworks and closure are after the 8th inning, once fireworks are complete the bike path will re-opened.

Tentative Fireworks dates:04/14, 04/21, 05/03, 05/05, 05/26, 06/02, 06/23, 07/04, 07/07, 07/21, 08/04 & 08/25.

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 trail crosses the Mississippi into Iowa at historic Arsenal Island, which still serves as a military installation, providing support through commerce and industry to the Nation’s armed forces.

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.

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


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Nicole Grohoski - August 14, 2017

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