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      Sylvan Island Park is a great urban trail system located in Moline, Illinois just 3/4 mile West of the John Deere Commons and the iWireless Center (formerly the Mark of the Quad Cities). The island was once home to a steel mill from which remnants can still be seen such as concrete loading docks and building foundations, railroad tracks, rebar, and loose rock. Despite few elevation changes, the unique nature of the island’s trails makes Sylvan Island Park a fun yet challenging and technical place to ride. The rocky soil composition at Sylvan Island allows for quick drying after precipitation often making it the first available trail system to ride in the Quad Cities following rain and the spring thaw. Sylvan Island is always the first venue for the I-74 Mountain Bike Race Series because of its resilient riding conditions. Trails are typically rideable by early/mid March.

      Trail Overview
      There Sylvan trails are laid out as a network with many intersections giving riders a huge number of options. If you are visiting and want the best experience, it's advised to find a local guide due to the complexity of navigating the trails. Each year we link major trails together to create the Stampeede race course are riders generally follow this route for the rest of the year. Trail difficulty ranges from 6' wide crushed limestone paths to concrete rubble and brick ridden narrow and twisty singletrack. There are also tons of options for alternate lines on the many leftover building constructions scattered around the island; it's truly a MTB playground.

      Being an island, the trails are uniquely subject to the effects of the Mighty Mississippi when it spills it's banks. Check out the Inundation Map and reference it with River levels to see which trails are affected by flooding.

      The Ben Butterworth Parkway bike path which extends from Rock Island, IL to Savannah, IL along the Mississippi River passes the entrance to Sylvan Island and can be followed roughly one mile East to the Moline Centre downtown or 1.5 miles West to the Rock Island District where visitors can enjoy a number of restaurants, pubs and gift shops. Please visit or for more information.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      Sylvan Island Parking google parking directions
      Access Info:
      Take 1st Street North (toward the river) from River Drive, Moline, travel one block, turn right (East) and the park parking area is on the left.
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      Region Status
      Caution as of May 20, 2023
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      Trails (view details)
      Trails Mountain Bike
      Trails Hike
      Trails Trail Running
      Total Distance
      4 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      3,543 ft
      Total Descent
      53 ft
      Total Vertical
      15 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      571 ft
      Ridden Counter

      Popular Sylvan Island Park Mountain Biking Trails

      Sylvan Island Loop
      Bridge Trail

      Sylvan Island Park Mountain Bike Routes

      Sylvan Island
      3 miles

      Recent Ride Log Activity in Region

      • 0 rides
      • 0 rides
      Past Week
      • 3 rides

      Photos of Sylvan Island Park Mountain Bike

      72 |
      Aug 12, 2020 @ 12:52pm
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      Jul 31, 2020 @ 12:27pm
      Jul 31, 2020
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      Nov 12, 2019 @ 9:00am
      Nov 12, 2019

      Videos of Sylvan Island Park Mountain Bike

      Zig Zag Swamp on Sylvan Island - 360 Video
      2:18 | 223 | Apr 17, 2021 , Moline
      Sylvan Island Stampede 2021 - Novice Race...
      1:59 | 249 | Apr 14, 2021 , Moline
      Sylvan Island Mountain Biking - Moline, IL
      7:37 | 451 | Aug 3, 2020 , Moline

      Recent Trail Reports

      Sylvan Island Loop
      May 20, 2023 @ 9:13am
      May 20, 2023
      VariableSome low areas are still flooded over in...jrohner78

      Activity Feed

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      Jul 21, 2023 @ 6:25pm
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      Recent Comments

      TangibleTravistrailSylvan Island LoopFun times but very difficult to follow the...
      Aug 1, 2020 @ 10:58pm
      Aug 1, 2020
      lenelsonjrtrailSylvan Island LoopEww
      Aug 2, 2019 @ 3:35pm
      Aug 2, 2019

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike24 miles52 ft3,543 ft16 ft
      Hike24 miles52 ft3,543 ft16 ft
      Trail Running24 miles52 ft3,543 ft16 ft
      • By canadaka Trailforks & contributors
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