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Level: Intermediate
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +122/ -132 ft
Total: 25 riders

Mountain Biking Sylvan Island

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#26 of 127 mountain bike trails in Illinois
#2,996 in the world

From Quad Cities Friends of Off Road Cycling website:
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 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. Sylvan Island is always the first venue for the I-74 Mountain Bike Race Series because of its resilient riding conditions.

First added by bdaw on Nov 12, 2010. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
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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  • offroadbikerdude

    I was expecting a little more from this trail from the reviews I read. I was hoping the trail would use more of the concrete from the old steel mill than what was used. A couple of killer drops could have been used on the trail but were not. I'm not going to complain too much though, I was riding off road trail in February ????. At the time I rode there was lots of ice and a little mud. It's probably a pretty fun trail to ride when its dry.

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  • COHIBA1620

    This is my home Trail anybody come to the Quad Cities to ride this should be your first place to come.

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  • Redlegrob44

    Trail is closed. The gate is locked with no hours posted on a kiosk

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  • Armyballer

    Sadly it's closed due to the bridge leading to it has been closed by the city, no idea when the bridge will be repaired thus opening up this trail.

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  • dgw2jr

    That's my Muk in the pic! Yea I ride here pretty often. At least 4 times a week, and pretty much everyday during the winter or when it's wet since the other trails are closed. Great place to test equipment and learn new skills.

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  • bustinp

    Sylvan Island is a hidden gem in the middle of the Quad Cities area. It is literally an island, at one point it was a mill or something and now is just a bunch of ruins and trails. I am unaware of any trail like it. Watch out for the many intersections or you may T-bone another rider. I ride this trail every chance I get. Sylvan Island is relatively flat, although it has it's share of steep drops, short climbs, jumps, bridges, and a LOT of broken bricks laying around, so try not to fall on them!!It is an 80 proof trail, so please ride responsibly.

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