Great River Trail

photo: Park in Rock Island, IL as trail veers onto Mississippi River levee, along the Great River National Recreation Trail

Length: 60.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Greenway, Rail Trail, Urban Trail
Agency: Commission
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Motorized vehicles - Snowmobiling
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Roller/Inline Skating
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Wildlife Observation

     Snowmobiling is at jurisdictional discretion.

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Location: Rock Island, IL to Savanna, IL
State(s): Illinois
Counties: Rock Island, Whiteside, Carrol
Longitude: -90.60313
Latitude: 41.48485

Driving Directions

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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 hearkening 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%
Maximum Grade: 12%
Elevation Low Point: 550
Elevation High Point: 800
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

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
[email protected]



Great River Trail - Moline, IL - 7-10-2018. Photo by Jim Walla.

Great River Trail - Moline, IL - 7-10-2018. Photo by Jim Walla.


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