Bi-State provides assistance for bicycle and pedestrian trails,
and includes trail master plans, staff assistance to the Great River Trail Council,
assistance with portions of the Grand Illinois Trail and American Discovery Trail,
greenway planning, and grant application preparation.
New Trail Guides Available The staff of the League of Illinois Bicyclists has been working
hard to provide updated guides to both the Grand Illinois Trail and the new
Mississippi River Trail and they are both now available.
Visit the website at www.bikelib.org and select either Grand Illinois
Trail or Mississippi River Trail from the Bike Rides menu, from there you can
download the guides in .pdf format. To receive a copy in the mail, contact LIB
at 1.630.978.0583 or for a GITguide you can also contact DNR
at 217.782.3715 or email .
Description of Trails
American Discovery Trail ®
We wanted to make the The American Discovery Trail
® accessible, so it passes through several metropolitan areas - the more people
who use it, the better. In that spirit, the ADT incorporates many trails, not
only for hiking, but also designed for equestrian or bicycle use.
The 25-1/2 mile Cody Trail is named after Buffalo
Bill Cody, an Indian Scout, buffalo hunter, and Wild West showman. Cody was born
in the Mississippi River town of LeClaire, and moved into rural Scott County.
It's open for you...More than
475 miles of connected roadways and paths...in a continuous loop through northern
Illinois ...urban areas, rural acres ...natural sights, fitness heights ...state
parks, city pakrs...and everything is there for you on a bike, on a run, or just
taking' it easy ...exploring Illinois as you've never seen it before.
Always within sight or sound of the
mighty Mississippi River. Ten communities are evenly spaced along the 60-mile
recreational path from Rock Island to Savanna, Illinois. Each city and village
offers an invitation to pause for a moment on the route to explore the remarkable
diversity each community represents. The Great River Trail extends through three
counties: Rock Island, Whiteside and Carroll. Each county has uncommon features
which will amaze and please as you "get up close and personal" with Old Man River.
Under the White House Millennium Program, Millennium Trails is a
national program that will celebrate, recognize and be a catalyst for creating
trails to "honor the past and imagine the future" as part of America's legacy
for the year 2000. From the earliest routes of our ancestors, to new urban greenways,
to itineraries that tell the story of our nation, trails are an important part
of the American landscape, providing real connections between our people, the
land, our history and culture.
A Masterpiece in the making…
The Mississippi River Trail is a 10-state cycling route in process of development.
It travels over 2000 continuous miles between the headwaters of the Mississippi
at Lake Itasca, Minnesota and the Gulf of Mexico.
The MRT, one of 16 National Millennium Trails, traverses a diverse landscape
of bottomland and upland forests, river bluffs and flood plains, expansive fields
of agricultural crops and miles of river that in the spring and fall serve as
the flyway for millions of migratory birds. Scenic backcountry roads, trails and
levees, bridges and river ferries, natural and historic sites, and large cities
and small towns are linked together through the MRT and together provide the traveler
with the quintessential Mississippi River experience.
At this point, the MRT is posted on the ground at diverse points throughout
the valley. In other areas, existing trail systems and back country roads provide
a high quality bicycling experience, even though they have not formally been added
to the MRT network yet.
Iowa Trails 2000 provides an array
of resources which can be used by state agencies and local and regional governments
during trail planning and implementation. Iowa Trails 2000 is a resource document
designed to assist all trail developers in achieving the vision of an interconnected,
multi-modal, easily accessible statewide trails system.
Welcome to RiverWay – The Quad-Cities’ scenic stretch
if the Mississippi River with 65 miles of riverside parks trails and overlooks
between the river bluffs.
Take time to enjoy America’s most famous river. Walk or bike along its riverfront
trails. Ride its waves on the Channel Cat Water Taxi. Visit its many historical
sites and riverfront attractions. Camp on its banks. Fish its backwaters. Enjoy
its immense beauty.
Our RiverWay trails and wayfinding system encompass both sides of the Mississippi
River, including the Illinois communities of Andalusia, Milan, Rock Island, Moline,
East Moline, Hampton, Rapids City, Port Byron and Cordova; and the Iowa communities
of Buffalo, Davenport, Bettendorf, Riverdale, Pleasant Valley, LeClaire and Princeton.
Here you will learn about the diversity of the prairie state: from
Chicago's Lake Michigan shoreline to the fertile soils of the heartland, to the
forests and wetlands of the state's southernmost boundaries, Illinois is rich
with history, natural resources and scenic beauty. Find out what's new at the
Department, learn its history, follow legislation, download applications for licenses
or permits, purchase conservation
merchandise, or just learn more about the world around you.
The department's mission is to manage, protect, conserve, and develop
Iowa's natural resources in cooperation with other public and private organizations
and individuals, so that the quality of life for Iowans is significantly enhanced
by the use, enjoyment and understanding of those resources.
Mission Statement: To promote, encourage, and support safe participation
in bicycle riding of all ages and abilities; to anticipate and address the needs
and interests of all aspects of bicycling in the Quad Cities area.
The Green Scene provides readers with up-to-date information about
what's happening in greenways and trails around the state and newsworthy greenways
and trails issues around the nation that may affect advocates in Illinois. The
Green Scene is published quarterly through the Greenways & Trails Section
of the Division of Planning.
Outdoor recreation opportunities and open space are an important
part of the quality of life enjoyed by Illinois citizens. The ever increasing
need to provide quality, close-to-home recreation opportunities and open space
is a difficult challenge for many units of government in Illinois. To assist in
this effort, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Office
of Capital Development, Division of Grant Administration, administers eight
grants-in-aid programs to help local agencies in Illinois provide a variety of
public outdoor recreation areas and facilities.