• Dorrance Forest Preserve

    Dorrance Forest Preserve

    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.

    Summary

    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.

    Planned Trails

    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

    Trail Information

    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.

    FORC volunteers building trail at Dorrance.

    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 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.

    Directions

    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).

    More Info

    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.

    Project Partners

    Big thanks to our partners who have provided resources and funding to see this project become a reality!

  • Local Trail Conditions

    Sylvan Island

    Bridge Closed

    Sunderbruch

    Closed

    Scott County Park

    Closed

    Illiniwek

    Closed

    Westbrook Park

    Closed

    Stephens Park

    Closed

    Prairie Park

    Closed

    Dorrance Park

    Coming Soon

  • MTB Trail Etiquette

    • 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.