Best Biking & Hiking Trails for Families | In & Around the Quad Cities


Embark on unforgettable outdoor adventures with your family as we unveil the top hiking and biking trails in the Quad Cities. With over 100 trails sprawled across this picturesque region, we’ve curated a selection of 16 favorites guaranteed to delight every member of your family. From scenic paths winding through lush forests to paved routes offering panoramic river views, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this outdoor paradise.

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Veterans Memorial Parkway Trail (5.7 miles): Multi-use path that follows Veterans Memorial Parkway in Davenport to Forest Grove Dr/Middle Rd in Bettendorf.

Centennial Park Trail (0.6 miles): Section of the Mississippi River Trail (MRT) in the Iowa Quad Cities that runs along the Mississippi River. Its many attractions include a playground, ballpark, and views of the picturesque Centennial Bridge.

Crow Creek Park Trail (1.4 miles): The Crow Creek Park Trail provides a link between Bettendorf’s multi-use Middle Road Sidepath and Crow Creek Park, a popular destination for a wide variety of recreational activities including a skatepark and playground equipment.

Sylvan Island Trails (6.0 miles): Sylvan Island is teeming with both trails and wildlife – come check out the 1.2-mile multi-use trail, miles of single-track mountain biking for users of all abilities, and sites great for picnicking, birdwatching, and fishing.

I-74 Bridge Bike and Pedestrian Path (1.0 mile): Located on the west, or downstream, side of the new I-74 Bridge, the bike and pedestrian path provides an unparalleled panorama of the Mississippi River and Arsenal Island 80 feet above the water.

Sunderbruch Park Trails (11.5 miles): Sunderbruch Park contains many miles of trails, including a central paved multi-use trail, hiking and single-track mountain biking trails of varying difficulties, and 4.5 miles of equestrian trails.

Nahant Marsh Walking Paths (1.6 miles): A 305-acre preserve in southwest Davenport that is home to a wide variety of wildlife and an education center.

Scott County Park Trails (29.3 miles): The 1280-acre Scott County Park is the largest in the county and offers a variety of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails.

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Duck Creek Bike Path (14.8 miles): This Davenport path starts at Emeis Park and runs right through the heart of Davenport and Bettendorf. There are eight city parks along this path that are great for rest stops and picnic lunches.

Ben Butterworth Parkway/Great River Trail (62.5 miles): This Illinois Path is great for families who bike a lot and want to travel farther. This trail heads along the Mississippi through Rock Island, Moline, Hampton, and all the way to Savanna. You can park your car anywhere along it and visit a QC family favorite park: Schweibert Park.

Riverway Trail (13 miles): This path runs through Downtown Davenport and Bettendorf, and offers amazing views of the Mississippi. On Saturday mornings be sure to check out the Freighthouse Farmers Market which offers lots of great food and activities for kids.

Kiwanis Trail (6.5 miles): This biking trail runs along the Rock River in Illinois and is great for new riders because it has minimal hills. In the summer, be sure to check out the Backwater Gamblers show schedule for another fun family activity to do!

Sheridan Meadow Park (3 miles): This Eldridge path begins in Sheridan Meadows Park and travels north several miles to Long Grove.

Paul Skettington Memorial Trail (1.3 miles): This trail in Dewitt runs along Silver Creek and offers several single-track mountain bike trails as well.

Prairie Heights Trail (0.4 miles): The Prairie Heights trail system winds through the northern section of Prairie Heights Park, connecting to the Davenport Public Library.

Goose Creek Trail (0.5 miles): Multi-use paved trail along Goose Creek Park in Davenport that is ideal for running, biking, and walking.

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