Type: Nature Trail

Length: 261 miles

Surface: Mix



Grade - Gentle Grades



The Mississippi River Trail (MRT) is a world-class bicycle trail that will follow the Mississippi River all the way from its headwaters in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. The trail is partially completed; much of it is still in the planning and development stages. When complete, the MRT will link over 2,000 miles of recreational trails through 10 states, including 280 miles in Iowa.

15 organizations in Iowa and Illinois came together to jointly promote the middle Mississippi River Valley region in a new initiative announced on April 12, 2010.

The new Travel Mississippi River partnership is comprised of Convention & Visitors Bureaus and Chambers of Commerce along the Mississippi River in Iowa and Illinois from Dubuque, Iowa, south to Quincy, Illinois.

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Sites & Attractions

History of the Trail

The Mississippi River Trail in Scott County resembles the setting of a Mark Twain novel as it travels 13.5 miles along its namesake within sight of barges, riverboats, and marine-related businesses and activities. The paved trail (part of the larger 3,000-mile Mississippi River Trail system)—comprising riverfront sections in Bettendorf, East Davenport, Davenport and Riverdale—also provides a platform to enjoy the riverfront parks, festivals and music events in Davenport that have added a spark to the revitalization of the Quad Cities. In addition to connecting with the 13-mile Duck Creek Recreational Trail in Bettendorf, trail users can also link up with 62-mile Great River Trail, across the river in Illinois, which reaches Savanna. (source)

Future Plans

Planned Mileage: 19 miles -


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This trail was last edited by bikeiowa on May 13, 2019.

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FORC'n Duro

10 Saturday Sep 2022
  • Dewitt, IA
  • Mountain Biking
  •    909

Tour de Brew QC

30 Saturday Apr 2022
  • Rock Island,, IL
  • Party Ride
  •    1,225

Tour de Brew QC

2 Saturday Oct 2021
  • Rock Island,, IL
  • Party Ride
  •    1,187

RAGBRAI Roadshow

8 Saturday May 2021
  • Davenport, IA
  • Trail Ride
  •    1,338

Tour de Brew QC -Canceled Due to COVID_19

2 Saturday May 2020
  • Rock Island, IL
  • Other
  •    2,534

Tour De Brew QC

4 Saturday May 2019
  • Davenport, IA
  • Party Ride
  •    5,341

Tour de Brew QC

5 Saturday May 2018
  • Rock Island, IL
  • Party Ride
  •    10,874

Bike & Parts Swap Meet and Outdoor Gear Sale

11 Sunday Mar 2018
  • Davenport, IA
  • Expo/Sales/Swap
  •    9,492

Bettendorf Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BBPAC) Monthly Meeting

28 Thursday Sep 2017
  • Bettendorf, IA
  • Meeting
  •    25,276

Bettendorf Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BBPAC) Monthly Meeting

24 Thursday Aug 2017
  • Bettendorf, IA
  • Meeting
  •    23,095

Bettendorf Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BBPAC) Monthly Meeting

27 Thursday Jul 2017
  • Bettendorf, IA
  • Meeting
  •    22,431

Bettendorf Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BBPAC) Monthly Meeting

22 Thursday Jun 2017
  • Bettendorf, IA
  • Meeting
  •    22,799

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FRIDAY FIVES - EP.14 - August 21st 2020

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  • Fri August 28 2020
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Open the gate! - Help fund a lawsuit against the City of Riverdale

  • John Harrington
  • Fri August 21 2020
  •   2,086
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FRIDAY FIVES - EP.4 - June 12 2020

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  • Fri June 12 2020
  •   1,895
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A new way to 'Ride the River'

  • ss
  • Wed June 18 2003
  •   13,244

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