Illiniwek Forest Preserve is home to the Quad Cities newest mountain bike trail system designed, built, and maintained by FORC volunteers. The park offers a wide range of amenities and features 5 miles of singletrack trail set amongst the bluffs of northern Rock Island County.
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 swear you are going downhill the whole time.
At Illiniwek, you canít get away from climbing, but this has its benefits: whatever goes up must come down! Two one minute plus flowy downhill runs at opposite ends of the park make the grind to the top worth it (beware of limited sightlines around corners!). Or if climbing is your thing, itís easy to push your heart, legs, and lungs to their limit with four sustained climbs each with gains around 100 feet. One complete lap is close to 350 feet of elevation gain.
Trail Features: Starting Spring 2014, technical trail features will start to be added to satisfy those seeking more challenging riding opportunities. Currently there are plans to build a log rides, log overs, and a short section of rollers. A set of three log overs has already been completed on the north loop.
- Summer Hours 6am-10pm
- Winter Hours 6am-Sunset
Trail closures are controlled by Illiniwek park staff. For the most current conditions call the main office at 309-496-2620 or check the Illiniwek Facebook Page. Trails are typically closed for 24 hours or more after 0.25" or greater of rainfall. The trail status on our homepage may not reflect the most current trail information so save yourself disappointment and call the office if conditions are questionable or it has rained within the last 48 hrs.
Trails open daily 1/2 hour before sunrise and close 1/2 hour after sunset.
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).
Illiniwek Forest Preserve blankets 199 acres of mixed hard and soft wood 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