Rock Island Trail

EASY 18 reviews

Rock Island Trail is a 11.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Peoria, Illinois that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

11.6 miles
272 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash

kid friendly


cross country skiing


mountain biking

nature trips

road biking


trail running





wild flowers

Officially dedicated in 1989, the 26-mile Rock Island Trail is the first railway conversion completed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Stretching from Alta, in Peoria County, to Toulon, in Stark County, the park offers many natural and architectural attractions in a tree-canopied corridor that is only 50 to 100 feet wide. Open from dawn to dusk.

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4 days ago

It’s beautiful

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Nice trail close to home. Crushed gravel makes for a generally smooth surface that dries out pretty quickly. Good place to go when you're short on time and need to get a quick run or ride in without the need to venture out of town.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Very easy and flat trail that passes through Peoria. This trail goes for miles and miles, much more than the 23 as it connects to other trails going out passed Morton or out passed dunlap. But it is great for walks during the week and you can add weight to a backpack of you want more of a challenge.

Friday, March 11, 2016

I love this part of the trail. It's fairly shaded once you get past the first mile which is really nice in hot weather. The tunnel is creepy by yourself but ok if you have a buddy. I love running here as well as walking.

mountain biking
Thursday, August 30, 2012

Nice trail. Crushed gravel/ compact dirt surface is generally smooth and well kept in the southern portions of the trail. Some walnuts and debris are more common on the northern portion of the trail. My only complaint is the trail ends rather abruptly- only a sign with an odd mile marking and an absence of more trail lets you know you are at the end.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

It's a converted railway grade -flat and straight. But there's plenty to keep young ones excited about what's next, and it's the only trail (that I know of) this long in the Peoria area. Nice wildlife. Saturn from the biggest model solar system is within a couple miles of the Alta parkng lot.

mountain biking
Thursday, April 19, 2012

A great family outing, this wide and flat trail is well groomed and nestled in a canopy of trees. It is novice-friendly, though parents need to watch for the few road intersections. There are also a few hills that are only slightly more than "gentle" that might present a challenge to the very young.

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trail running
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Saturday, June 03, 2017

mountain biking
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