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American Discovery Trail (ADT)

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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.

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 Manager

Visit the American Discovery Trail online for more information or contact:

American Discovery Trail

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


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