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Biking at Our Preserves

Biking, is one of the ways people enjoy nature. In addition to enjoying nature, riding can relieve stress, help keep you fit and provide a mechanism for a healthy lifestyle. 

We have some of the best biking trails around, good for mountain or road bikes. There are two parks that offer biking trails through the Rock Island County Forest Preserve.

Additional trail information for the District and Quad City Region can be found at QC Trail.

Biking at Illiniwek Forest Preserve

Man biking on Illiniwek trail

At Illiniwek, the nearly 174-acre preserve straddles Highway 84, Illinois’ Great River Road, a designated National Scenic Byway. The Great River Road runs through Illiniwek Forest Preserve and the Mississippi River Trail/Great River Trail runs right next to it. This is a wonderful place to gain biking access to the Mississippi River Trail/Great River Trail which spans sixty two miles of the Mississippi River with the option to continue to following the Mississippi River all the way to New Orleans or Minnesota. Or travel the Grand Illinois Trail and go from the Mississippi River shores to those of Lake Michigan.  Call 309-496-2620 for trail status updates as the trails do get closed to users during unfavorable weather conditions.  Click here for trail map.

Biking at Loud Thunder Forest Preserve

Couple biking on Loud Thunder trail

The Illinois Great River Road National Scenic Byway winds through the picturesque landscapes of Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The Sac-Fox Trail is an approximately 12-mile, continuous loop, moderate level biking trail. It winds its way throughout the preserve and the adjacent Loud Thunder Boy Scout Camp. There are other shared-use trails located throughout the preserve for mountain bikers, horseback riders, and hikers.  Call 309-795-1040 for trail status updates as the trails do get closed to users during unfavorable weather conditions. Click here for a trail map.

Biking at Dorrance Park

Dorrance Park trailPhase I and II of trail construction have been completed offering 2.5 miles of trail, currently. Phase III of trail construction will begin spring of 2018 and hopefully be completed by fall 2018, adding another 1 mile of trail. Trails range in difficulty from beginner to intermediate to advanced. All trails are adequately marked to notify riders/hikers of difficulty level.