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TRAILS IN THE QUAD CITY AREA
GREAT RIVER TRAIL - ROCK ISLAND TO SAVANNA
This is a new bicycle and hiking trail that will run between Moline and Savanna Illinois. Large sections of the trail are already built and are being used. Rock Island to Cordova is up and running with just a few small areas needed to complete this 27 mile section. Completion is expected this fall. Areas near Savanna and Albany are on hold as property from the railway is being negotiated for. When completed, the trail will be 62 miles long.
DAVENPORT - BETTENDORF DUCK CREEK PATHWAY
This pathway runs along Duck Creek. It is currently 12.5 miles long, but there are thoughts of expanding the trail North and South in future years. The path runs along the Duck Creek flood plain and boast large areas of woods, prairie and creek habitats. Wildlife like deer, raccoons, ducks and an occasional pheasant are often seen. The path also passes through several parks with playgroung equipment and sports complexes for those who wish to ride, rest, participate in tennis or volley ball or just watch a baseball or soccer game. The path may be reached from any park adjacent to Duck Creek. The Davenport section is 9 miles long and begins at Emeis Park and runs to Duck Creek Park. Then from there it runs through Bettendorf to Hollowview Park, a distance of 3.4 miles. A section from State Street to Devils Glenn road. 2/3 of a mile is built and is expected to be added next year. At that time the total trail will be over 15 miles long.
RIVERFRONT BIKE PATH - DAVENPORT
This path runs from the Lady Luck Casino to Leach Park then up to 10th street in Bettendorf, but the main pathway is from Credit Island to the Bettendorf line, a distance along the river of 7.5 miles. You must currently ride on streed between Marquette and Scott in Davenport. Planners hope to extend the trail through Bettendorf in future years.
THE RALPH B BIRKS BICYCLE TRAIL - MOLINE
This trail runs four miles through the Ben Butterworth Memorial Parkway along the Mississippi River in Moline. Running from the Rock Island border to the East Moline border, this trail offers spectacular views of the river and its wildlife. A spur goes on to Sylvan Island and allows mountain biking opportunities. Along the path are shelters, picnic tables and playground equipment.
KIWANIS TRAIL - MOLINE
This trail follows the Rock River for 6.5 miles. It starts at 7th street and continues to Green Valley Park at 60th. This path was built and paid for by the efforts of the Moline Kiwanis Club.
THE ROCK ISLAND TRAIL
Extending 3.5 miles from the 31st avenue Sunset Park to just short of the Quad City Botanical Center, this trail offers a lot of scenic views. Future Plans include a one mile extension of this trail to the Sylvan Island trail in Moline from the present turn around.
EAST MOLINE - A CONNECTION HUB TO THE FUTURE?
East Moline has a beautiful 3.2 mile trail from the Ben Butterworth Parkway to Hampton. This will be included in the Great River Trail. East Moline is looking at some possible spurs to this trail very seriously. One would go into downtown East Moline, allowing visitors a chance to rest and get refreshments. Another spur might lead to the Hennepin Canal Parkway by transversing Sugar Creek near Northeast Park.
ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL TRAIL
A 7 mile path that offers beautiful views of the Mississippi River, the bluffs, stately mansions and features a close view of the Lock and Dam 15. While there take a look at the visitors center and museum.
THE HENNEPIN CANAL PARKWAY
The Hennepin Canal runs through 5 counties in Illinois and connects the Illinois River with the Mississippi River, a distance of 75 miles. A feeder canal runs 29 miles up to Rock Falls Illinois. The canals were open from 1908 to 1951 to commercial traffic. Now they offer a huge green space and fishing. A dirt path runs along the canal, and is used by bicyclists and hikers. Mountain bikes are recommended. 2 miles near Colona are now paved and access can be gained off Big Island Road in Milan. There are plans to pave 70 miles of the canal and then link it to the other Quad Cities trails.
THE GRAND ILLINOIS TRAIL - A 475 MILE EFFORT FOR THE FUTURE
By the end of the year 2000, the State of Illinois plans to link 28 trails into a 475 mile mega-trail that will cover most of Northern Illinois. It will link Lake Michigan with the Mississippi River.
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