Riverfront Trail (IA)


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Riverfront Trail (IA) Facts

States: Iowa
Counties: Scott
Length: 11.9 miles
Trail end points: Credit Island (Davenport) and S. Bellingham Rd. just off State St. (Riverdale)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6374106
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Riverfront Trail (IA) Description

Iowa's Riverfront Trail runs along the Mississippi River through the cities of Davenport and Bettendorf to its eastern endpoint near the large Alcoa plant in Riverdale. In the west, the trail starts as a loop around scenic Credit Island Park, which was the site of a battle during the War of 1812 led by future president Zachary Taylor.

True to its name, the Riverfront Trail never strays from the banks of the Mississippi River as it winds through Davenport and Bettendorf. Along the way, trail users will pass Davenport's Centennial Park—which opened on the reclaimed site of a landfill, rail yard and fairground in 2004—and Modern Woodmen Park, home to the Quad Cities River Bandits of Minor League Baseball. Farther east, a cable-stayed pedestrian bridge at LeClair Park and Rhythm City Casino will take you over busy East River Drive to the River Music Experience and the heart of downtown Davenport. In Bettendorf, the trail passes through Leach Park and in front of the Isle of Capri Casino before entering the small town of Riverdale.

The newest section of the Riverfront Trail veers off course from the river in order to skirt the edge of an industrial property. For a short section, the trail runs alongside active train tracks before changing course once again to rejoin the mighty Mississippi River. A steel bridge constructed in 2011 allows trail users to cross Duck Creek, where a short ride north on South Kensington Street will connect you with the Duck Creek Recreational Trail. The Riverfront Trail ends shortly after the bridge at the enormous Alcoa aluminum mill on South Bellingham Road.

Parking and Trail Access

There are multiple access points for the Riverfront Trail off US 61 and 67. Park at Credit Island Park, Centennial Park, or Leon "Bix" Biederbecke Memorial in Davenport or at Leach Park in Bettendorf. Refer to the TrailLink map for all parking locations.

Riverfront Trail (IA) Reviews

I was traveling through the Quad Cities on the way home to northwest Iowa from Indiana and had a chance to stop and ride some of the trails on both sides of the river here. Most of my riding was on the Illinois side, but I crossed the river on the Centennial Bridge, rode through downtown Davenport on this trail and then crossed the river again on the Arsenal Bridge.

So this review is only for the section of the trail between the two bridges. That said, I loved it. Downtown Davenport was vibrant and this trail was smooth, safe, easy to navigate and well signed. To see the Mississippi up close on a bike gives you a real sense for just how big and powerful it is. I loved the entire experience and will come back to ride more.

Ride the Iowa trail to Lindsey Park in Davenport,and take water taxi to Illinois. There ride the Mississippi trail west to Sunset park or east to Savanna Illinois, about 70 miles. There are 3 campgrounds on the Illinois side.
The water taxi is seasonal and daily pass ($) available.
An alternate crossing is the bridge at the Rock Island Arsenal. (HELMETS ARE REQUIRED at Arsenal)

We rode from Credit Island up to and across Arsenal Bridge to the lock and dam on the Illinois side. Along the way we stopped at the Freight House brewery, a nice little area with an active farmers market and a local foods store. Then we moved on to downtown, where the Bix Festival was in full swing with a ton of food vendors and live music. The trail offered a wide variety of scenery, from the shady river bottom views around Credit Island through a little bit of prairie, through the renovated areas of the river front with nice playground areas and gazebos to the more historic areas near Davenport's East Village. The trail was paved and well maintained. Also flat and well marked. In all a very pleasant ride.


Rode trail last fall. Enjoyed the view of the river

I rode the whole trail for a mini vacation, and its a pretty decent trail. In a few places it got pretty bumpy for my road bike so I had to slow down to about 10-13 mph, but overall the trail is decent for road bikers like myself. Most of the scenery is near the beginning, the North side of the trail doesnt view the river much. The credit island part was a bit of a dissapointment, I was hoping to bike over a bridge to an actual island, but it wasnt as such. Just looked like the rest of the trail, except it was just road for both cars and bikes, not trail.

At the east end of Duck Creek Parkway, a short ride on Kensington street towards the Mississippi will lead you to a nearly completed strecth of path and a newly completed bridge across Duck Creek, which is the connection point of these two main Davenport / Bettendorf paths.

Only able to survey the Credit Island Loop, Surface in good condition. Lots of Bird Life. Was raining and moist on 14 Oct 11, Noel Keller

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