Want to get Involved?There will be plenty of opportunities for volunteer help on this project and the more help we get the faster the new trails will be ready for use. Click here to view the latest trail work day announcements. Click here to subscribe to the Dorrance forum (forum account required) to receive email updates about upcoming work days and the latest project developments.
Dorrance Forest Preserve is located right in the middle of Port Byron, IL making it a prime choice for recreation and specifically trails. This 80 acre park features moderate to steep terrain and is covered by large hardwood trees typical of the Mississippi River valley. The park is located just a short ride from downtown Port Byron making it a convenient recreation destination for locals or those just visiting.
Check out our current plan for the Dorrance Trails. We gave this short presentation to the Village of Port Byron that outlines what we are doing at the park: Dorrance Trails Presentation
There is currently one short out-and-back hiking trail/road along the northernmost ridge paralleling Agnes Street.
FORC is working with RICFPD to develop new trails at Dorrance. The new system is still in the planning phase but dirt moving is scheduled to begin spring 2016. Total singletrack trail mileage when completed is expected to be around 3 miles. Layout will be done as a stacked loop system, like many other local trails, with a main loop that is wider and less technical and a couple more technical/difficult loops branching off. Permitted trail uses are to include mountain biking and other human powered activities.
FORC volunteers building trail at Dorrance.
- Trails open daily 1/2 hour before sunrise and close 1/2 hour after sunset.
- Summer Hours 6am-10pm
- Winter Hours 6am-Sunset
Trails at Dorrance are closed to all users when wet and muddy to prevent damage. Trail closures are controlled by Dorrance park staff but are relayed to us and will be displayed on the trail status in the upper left hand corner of this page. Trails are typically closed for 24 hours or more after 0.20" or greater rainfall and during freeze thaw cycles as necessary in winter months.
Just North of Port Byron, IL on IL-84 or 3.5 miles North of I-80 on IL-84 (take the first/last exit entering/exiting Illinois and turn right on IL-84).
Dorrance Forest Preserve is managed by the Rock Island County Forest Preserve District. On site features include bathrooms, softball/baseball diamonds, soccer fields, playground, small picinic shelter, and close proximity to the Great River Trail.
This 33' bridge will be constructed over winter 2016 to complete the 101 loop.
Project Updates - [Progress Photos Here]
- December 2016 - Layout of the 201 (blue) trail.
- November 2016 - The 101 trail is completed with the exception of a 33' bridge crossing a deeply incised stream.
- April 2016 - Construction of 101 trail begins.
- March 2016 - Layout of 101 (green) trail.
In The News
Below is a collection of local news articles about the development of the Dorrance trails.
- QC Times - Mountain Bikers Construct Multi-use Trail, Bridge in Port Byron
- QC Online - Hiking/Biking Trails Being Added to Dorrance Park
- QC Online - Off-road Cyclists Boost Dorrance Park Trails
Big thanks to our partners who have provided resources and funding to see this project become a reality!