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Best Trails in Davenport


BEST TRAILS IN DAVENPORT


Trails Aplenty in Davenport

Trails are a great way to get back outdoors and to avoid other congested natural areas. Davenport has many miles of recreational trails, and some are closer than you might think!

Duck Creek Parkway
The Duck Creek Parkway offers over 12 miles of trail that can be accessed at many parks and trailheads along the path, including Duck Creek Park, Eastern Avenue Park, Garfield Park, Junge Park, Marquette Park, Northwest Park, and Emeis Park in Davenport. The hard-surface trail runs parallel to Duck Creek through Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa. Beginning in Emeis Park in west Davenport, the trail continues to Havens Acres Park in Riverdale. Largely used for recreation, the trail also connects many different neighborhoods to commercial districts, schools, parks, and other major transportation corridors.

Sunderbruch Park
The trails at Sunderbruch will definitely get you off the beaten path. Running through the center of Sunderbruch Park is a 1.3-mile paved multi-use path. The path travels through native prairie fields and beautiful wooded areas and users can ejoy walking, running, and bicycling. Equestrian users can also ride on this path to connect to off-pavement riding trails throughout the park, while enjoying 4.5 miles of horse-friendly trails. The park and trail can be accessed from Telegraph Road (main entrance) or alternatively via Rockingham Road by turning west onto Ricker Hill Road. Parking may be found off of Telegraph Road heading south. Sunderbruch Park is considered the crown jewel of off-road riding in Davenport, with seven miles of single-track mountain biking trails and a full gamut of difficulty levels. Sunderbruch’s beginner trails boast two miles of the most charming wooded scenery in the region! Sunderbruch has something to meet every rider’s interest. You will not go home disappointed! All trails also allow hiking, except for Jump Line and Kickapoo Down. The trails at Sunderbruch are maintained in partnership with Friends of Off Road Cycling (FORC).  Their website also list maps and trail conditions for which trails are opened or closed. www.qcforc.org

Mississippi River Trail
A popular section of the Mississippi River Trail for both active and passive users, there are multiple trail heads within Davenport's city limits. Beginning on the east end, users can find parking and access at Lindsey Park across from the East Village. Another major entry point can be found in the middle of Downtown Davenport at LeClaire Park. Davenport's 11.3 mile section of the Mississippi River Trail parallels the Mississippi River, starting at the city's western border. 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. Mississippi River Trail is part of the larger 3,000-mile Mississippi River Trail (MRT) System that follows the Mississippi River from the headwaters in Itasca, Minnesota to its delta at the Gulf of Mexico near New Orleans, Louisiana. The trail provides access and connections to neighborhoods, commercial districts, industrial areas, recreational areas, and historical landmarks at the local, state, and national level.

Remember year-round trail rules:

• Operating Hours: Sunrise - 30 Minutes after Sunset
• Leash and clean up after dogs
• Alcoholic beverages are prohibited without a permit
• Motorized vehicles prohibited on recreational trails

HIDDEN GEMS


Duck Creek Parkway
From Northwest Park heading west towards Fairmount Library is an isolated stretch that offers beautiful canopied paths and some tranquil scenery for your stroll. Eastern Avenue Park offers a nine-station HealthBeat system with outdoor circuit training, offering plyometrics to Tai Chi.

Sunderbruch
Whether you’re mountain biking or hiking, a trail favorite for beginners is the ‘Kids Loop’,  geared towards younger hikers and riders. The park also offers an obstacle course playground near the main entrance. Users can test their ninja skills with different obstacles.

Mississippi River Trail
Heading west from Centennial Park, the MRT loops around scenic Credit Island Park, which was the site of a battle during the War of 1812. Credit Island also has off-road trails accessible at the far end of the island near the impressive 800ft pedestrian bridge that offers scenic vistas over the slough.