Rock River Trail: Hiking

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Trailhead Information

There are many parking and trailhead locations for hiking trails located along the Rock River.  Please refer to the above map, or to the specific trail page for any trail you are interested in visiting. 


The Rock River Trail is a system of recreational trails on and along the Rock River that goes through 11 counties in Wisconsin and Illinois. From its headwaters in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, all the way to to the Mississippi River at Rock Island, Illinois, the Rock River provides a multitude of recreational opportunities, scenic beauty and historic and cultural assets. The Rock River Trail was established in 2010 to promote recreational use and appreciation of all 320 miles of the Rock River.

While there is not a continuous hiking trail along all 320 miles of the Rock River, there are over 35 locations that you can enjoy a hike of various lengths along the Rock River corridor.  In the Quad Cities region, you can experience the Rock River on the following 4 trails. (These Rock River portions of these trail networks are shown on the above map.)

  • Grand Illinois Trail
  • American Discovery Trail
  • Hennepin Canal Parkway Trail
  • Black Hawk State Historic Site

Visit the Rock River Trail online to learn more about other ways to enjoy the Rock River: bike, paddle, horseback ride, drive, fly, or appreciate history, art, or chocolate along the trail!

Elevation Profile

Hiking the Rock River Trail in the Quad Cities region includes many sections and 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.

Trail Manager

Visit the Rock River Trail online for more information or contact:

Rock River Trail

Rock River Trail
Phone: (920) 296-8771


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