Great River Trail

photo: Park in Rock Island, IL as trail veers onto Mississippi River levee, along the Great River National Recreation Trail Type: Greenway, Rail Trail, Urban Trail
Length: 60.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Camping
Dogs - On leash
Fishing
Motorized vehicles - Snowmobiling
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Roller/Inline Skating
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Wildlife Observation
Agency: Commission
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Rock Island, IL to Savanna, IL
States: Illinois
Counties: Rock Island, Whiteside, Carrol
Latitude: 41.48485   Longitude: -90.60313

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Description

The 62-mile Great River Trail, from Rock island to Savanna, Illinois, is always within sight or sound of the Mississippi River. Cyclists, hikers, walkers and other users will find an experience harkening back to Mark Twain. In the 19th century, Twain wrote glowingly about the majestic stream in Life Along the Mississippi. The Great River Trail parallels Illinois Highway 84, also called "The Great River Road" (a nationally designated Scenic By-way). The Great River Trail route affords a variety of things to do and see, including at least 80 tourist opportunities. Most of the trail is situated on flat, scenic lands, easily traversed by the myriad of users. But, spectacular views await the hearty in the City of Savanna, where as a side challenge, you can try a climb to the top of the towering bluffs of Mississippi Palisades State Park. The trail has many unique features, everything from the urban Quad Cities metropolitan area - to Native American mounds of the Hopewell culture - to rookeries of Great Blue Heron. Restaurants, motels, hotels, bed and breakfasts, stores and parks abound in the eleven communities conveniently spaced along the route.
The trail is also a section of the Mississippi River Trail and the American Discovery Trail.

Additional Details

Width: 120 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 1%
Elevation Low Point: 550
Elevation High Point: 800
Year Designated: 2003

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Doug DeLille
Great River Trail Council C/O Bi-State Regional Co
1504 Third Ave.
P.O. Box 3368
Rock Island , IL 61204 -3368
(309) 793-6300
ddelille@bistateonline.org
http://www.bistateonline.org

 

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