Black Hawk State Historic Site Loop

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Rock Island, Illinois

Black Hawk State Historic Site Loop is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Rock Island, Illinois that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 3.1 miles Elevation Gain: 255 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

bugs

Just a fun trail. Several branches off the main. Surprising park in the middle of the city. One side is the forest. The other track is by the Rock River.

hiking
bridge out
15 days ago

Quick and easy just over 1.25 mile loop on the opposite side of the river. One bridge out 05/2020 from washout but DNR made another trail around.

Pretty wildflowers and blooming trees/shrubs right now. This mapped trail is actually a blend of the Black Hawk Trail, Thunder Trail and Rock River Interpretive Trail. My recording shows the way back to the parking lot via the Lookout Trail instead of doubling back on the Rock River Trail.

hiking
blowdown
bridge out
icy
3 months ago

Been a good training gym for our longer section hikes were planning this spring. Still a bit icy in spots but it does make for good winter hiking.

hiking
bridge out
muddy
4 months ago

Muddy today at 43 degrees. Several trees blocking paths. Took our newly finished hiking sticks. Lovely, quiet walk for the new year.

hiking
muddy
snow
4 months ago

This trail was great for a long walk with our dog! A little muddy but the snow kept our boots clean.

hiking
bridge out
muddy
5 months ago

Nice trail to hike.

hiking
bridge out
7 months ago

hiking
bridge out
7 months ago

hiking
bridge out
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

One of my favorite local hiking spots in the quad cities! Decent views of the rock river and overall simple hike. Saw a bunch of deer as well which was awesome. The prairie area was incredible, full of different types of wild life!

hiking
bugs
muddy
11 months ago

Pretty trail. River still high, but less muddy than last time. Take time to check out the prairie grass. Watch out for occasional trail that leads nowhere.

hiking
bridge out
bugs
muddy
washed out
11 months ago

A little muddy but not crazy, great water views, clear path, not too challenging

Thu Oct 25 2018

Wounderful day hike. Good for kids as well

hiking
Fri Apr 27 2018

good short hike if you have a couple hours to spare and want to get on a trail. easy terrain for people of all ages and pets. trails were narrow at some points but well maintained. lots of people the day i went. will repeat when im looking for a short walk and dont want to drive far.

hiking
Sat Oct 21 2017

Easy, fun hike. Moderate elevation changes and lots of stairs. Nice river views at several spots along the way. However, nothing really that amazing and nearby construction noise kind of ruined the ambience.

hiking
Sun Jul 30 2017

hiking
Sat Jul 29 2017

Wooded trail with areas for trail running/jogging. Forgot bug spray but wasn't too bad even for July. Water levels usually high due to recent rain. Would like to come back for kayaking.

Wed Apr 26 2017

Great place within the Quad Cities to get out of the city.

running
Tue Nov 29 2016

Did a trail run here & loved it!

hiking
Wed Aug 03 2016

Muddy after the morning rain

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