• Illiniwek Forest Preserve

    Overlooking a lower section of the North Loop descent.

    Overlooking a lower section of the North Loop descent.

    Summary

    Set amongst the bluffs of northern Rock Island County, Illiniwek Forest Preserve features 5 miles of ultra flowy singletrack with the longest sustained climbs and descents in the QC area. The park offers a wide range of amenities besides the off road trails and is located on the Great River Trail bike path for easy car free access.

    Trail Map

    Trail Information

    Wooden berm on the South Loop descent.

    Wooden berm on the South Loop descent.

    The trail system is made up of five miles of purpose built single track trail which will satisfy riders of all abilities. The trails follow the natural contours of the parks terrain with many overlooks of the Mississippi River Valley and the parks deep ravines. One large ravine divides the park separating the trails into two distinct systems: the North and South loops.

    North Loop: Many of the trails on this side of the park provide riders with greater technical and physical challenge. Tight corners, exposed roots, and steeper grades are sure to get your heart pumping. The overlook trail meanders along one of the highest bluffs in the area and has the best views of the Mississippi River Valley in the park.

    South Loop: This section of trail has great flow with minimal elevation change and is sure to put a smile on your face. Banked corners, scenic views, and ruins of old park structures are some of the features you will encounter. Be sure to ride the section behind the salt dome both ways, you will think you are going downhill the whole time.

    At Illiniwek, you can't get away from climbing but what goes up must come down! Two one minute long flowy downhill runs at opposite ends of the park make the grind to the top worth it (beware of limited sight-lines around corners!). Or if climbing is your thing, it's easy to push your heart, legs, and lungs to their limit with two sustained climbs each with gains around 100 feet. One complete lap of the trails is close to 350 feet of elevation gain.

    40' log ride on the upper South Loop.

    40' log ride on the upper South Loop.

    Trail Features: Starting in spring of 2014, technical trail features were started to be introduced in order to satisfy those seeking more challenging riding opportunities. Currently there are plans to build log rides, log overs, and a short section of rollers. A set of three log overs has already been completed on the north loop and a large 40' long log ride and narrow elevated skinny were recently installed on the south loop. New for 2015 are three large wooden berms which were added to the newly rerouted South Loop descent.

    Park Hours

    • Trails open daily 1/2 hour before sunrise and close 1/2 hour after sunset.
    • Summer Hours 6am-10pm
    • Winter Hours 6am-Sunset

    Trail Closures

    Trails at Illiniwek are closed to all users when wet and muddy to prevent damage. Trail closures are controlled by Illiniwek park staff but are relayed to us and are displayed on the trail status in the upper left hand corner of this page. For current conditions you can also call the park office at 309-496-2620 or check the Illiniwek Facebook Page. Trails are typically closed for 24 hours or more after 0.20" or greater rainfall and during freeze thaw cycles as winter comes and goes.

    Directions

    Just North of Hampton, IL on IL-84 or 2.2 miles west of I-80 on IL-84 (take the first/last exit entering/exiting Illinois).

    Trail Photos

    Wood berm#3 on the South Loop descent trail.

    Wood berm#3 on the South Loop descent trail.

    Upper South Loop in fall.

    Upper South Loop in fall.

    Log overs on the upper North Loop.

    Log overs on the upper North Loop.

    Small trail bridge on the upper South Loop.

    Small trail bridge on the upper South Loop.

    Log ride on the Upper South Loop.

    Log ride on the Upper South Loop.

    One of the many trail berms. This one is on the North Loop descent.

    One of the many trail berms. This one is on the North Loop descent.

    Meandering trail along the upper South Loop.

    Meandering trail along the upper South Loop.

    Upper South Loop in fall.

    Upper South Loop in fall.

    Wood berms on the South Loop descent. Russhole for scale.

    Wood berms on the South Loop descent. Russhole for scale.

    More Info

    Illiniwek Forest Preserve blankets 199 acres of hardwood deciduous forest and is located on the Mississippi River just north of Hampton, Illinois. Features include on-site primitive and modern camping, fishing, access to the Great River Trail, and mountain bike and hiking trails.

    See Rock Island County's Forest Preserve District website for more information.

    Also, check out the Park's Facebook page for the most current trail conditions, events, or to leave park staff questions/comments: Illiniwek Facebook Page

  • Local Trail Conditions

    Sylvan Island

    Bridge Closed

    Sunderbruch

    Open

    Scott County Park

    Open

    Illiniwek

    Open

    Westbrook Park

    Closed

    Stephen's Park

    Closed

  • MTB Trail Ettiquette

    • Ride Open Trails: Respect trail and road closures — ask a land manager for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail. Do not trespass on private land. Obtain permits or other authorization as required. Be aware that bicycles are not permitted in areas protected as state or federal Wilderness.

    • Leave No Trace: Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don't cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.

    • Control Your Bicycle: Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations, and ride within your limits.

    • Yield Appropriately: Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you're coming — a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Bicyclists should yield to other non-motorized trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic. In general, strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.

    • Never Scare Animals: Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife are serious offenses.

    • Plan Ahead: Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient: keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.