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Sylvan Island Trails

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Trails: Mountain Bike Trails –

This trail system contains mountain bike trails, which can become soft and are easily damaged after 0.75 or more inches of rain or long stretches of wet weather. Please consult QC Friends of Off-Road Cycling (FORC), http://www.qcforc.org, to make sure trails are open before heading out.

Safety: Potential Flooding/Water Hazards –

This trail is located close to or on open water, wetlands, or floodplain. Please use caution and be alert for water near or on the trail. Be alert for flooding and swiftly moving water. Check with your local trail manager for more information on closures during periods of high water.

Trailhead Information

The trails on Sylvan Island are accessible via a pedestrian bridge, which has recently re-opened.  Parking is available in the Sylvan Gateway Park parking lot located at 101 1st Avenue, Moline. The trail system is also accessible by boat.

Description

This 1.2 mile network of multi-use trails runs around and across Moline’s Sylvan Island Park. Sylvan Island is an abandoned industrial site that covers approximately 35 acres in the Mississippi River/Sylvan Slough. This walking, running, and biking path is fairly flat and its surface is crushed limestone.

A network of dirt mountain biking and hiking trails of varying difficulty levels also weaves throughout the island. Despite few elevation changes, the unique nature of the island’s trails makes Sylvan Island Park a fun yet challenging and technical place to ride. The soil composition at Sylvan Island allows for quick drying after precipitation, often making it the first available trail system to ride in the Quad Cities following rain.

Island amenities include fishing, benches and picnic table, an informational kiosk, a water fountain, and a canoe/kayak portage for QC River Trails. Public restrooms are available across the Mississippi River at Sylvan Gateway Park.

Other Information

Operating Hours

  • Year-round Hours: 6AM - Sunset

Alcohol is prohibited. Regular events have included the Sylvan Island Stampede, hosted by Friends of Off Road Cycling annually in April, and Lagomarcino’s Hot Chocolate 5K Run hosted annually in October.

Elevation Profile

The elevation profile above approximates terrain along the specified section of trail and is provided for general information. Use your best judgment to choose trails with elevation changes to match your comfort level. See QC Trails Terms of Use for more information.

Trail Manager

Visit the City of Moline online for more information about the park. To learn more about the mountain bike trails, visit Friends of Off-Road Cycling online.

City of Moline, Illinois

City of Moline, Illinois
3635 4th Avenue
Moline, IL 61265
Phone: (309) 524-2424
ybrolander@moline.il.us

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