The Quad Cities boasts stunning views of the Mississippi River and offers more than 300 miles of non-motorized recreational trails and nearly 7,500 acres of parks. QCTrails.org is a free, user-friendly, interactive, and mobile-responsive website that serves as a comprehensive resource that highlights these multi-purpose trails, parks, and side-paths. Users can track their physical activity progress and share their experiences with friends through social media.
Ongoing community health assessment processes have repeatedly identified nutrition and physical activity as key priority areas of opportunity for the Quad Cities. In the Quad Cities, only 48% of adults are meeting physical activity guidelines. Additionally, only 30.7% of our adult residents are at a healthy weight, and 57% of children ages 5-17 are at a healthy weight. The simplicity of walking, riding a bike, or paddling a canoe or kayak on a trail presents opportunities to improve physical activity throughout the year. QCTrails.org opens trail experiences to all members of the community regardless of age or ability and offers perfect opportunities for Quad Cities’ residents to move more and be active outdoors.
Go to QCTrails.org to search a growing collection of four-season trails in the Quad Cities – whether you are looking for a weekend hike, an afternoon stroll, a new trail to run, a great place for a family bicycle ride, or want to try a new adventure like paddling a water trail. Each detailed trail posting features: an interactive map showing the trail route and important points of interest like parking areas, restrooms, cultural attractions, and parks; directions to trailheads and primary access points; a description of the trail system and experience; information and links to trail managers; photos and video links; and comments submitted by trail managers and account holders.
Set up a free QC Trails user account and save your trail experience using “My Trails.” Mark trails you’ve completed and indicate your favorites; create a wish-list of trails; add trail logs, comments, photos, and videos about your experience; and earn electronic badges when you complete different trail challenges, then showcase your accomplishments.