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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

Illiniwek offers the ultimate off-road and paved-road biking experience, perfect for all levels. 

Off-road adventures
Illiniwek offers five-miles of single-track forest trails for athletes of all levels, featuring log overs, wooden berms and scenic views. Multiuse trails occasionally close for inclement conditions. Call 309-496-2620 for trail status. Click here for trail map.

Great River Road and Great River Trail
At Illiniwek, the nearly 174-acre preserve straddles Highway 84 and the Illinois’ Great River Road, a designated National Scenic Byway spaning 550-mile route on Illinois western border. The Great River Road runs through Illiniwek Forest Preserve and the Great River Trail runs right next to it. The Great River Trail spans 62-miles through the Quad Cities region offering a flat concrete surface through neighborhoods, commerical districts, recreational areas and historical landmarks. Illiniwek is the perfect place to gain biking access to these trail systems, and we also have bike rentals for your convience. 

Bike rentals
Starting July 1, 2018 Illiniwek will offer bike rentals at the camp office for paved trail use (not designed for off-road use). Bike rentals are available by the hour, half day or full day on a first come, first served basis. 

  • Hourly - $8
  • Half Day - $28
  • Full Day - $40
Rentals include a helment. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. A driver's license is required as a deposit during rental. Bikes are provided by the TREK Bicycle Store in Davenport, IA. To rent, go to the campground office during normal business hours

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.